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Chris Riemenschneider

Columnist/Reporter | Local Music
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Chris Riemenschneider has been covering the Twin Cities music scene since 2001, long enough to earn a shout-out from Prince during "Play That Funky Music (White Boy)." The St. Paul native was also a music critic at the Austin American-Statesman for five years.
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Prince rules Billboard chart with half of top 10 titles, 4.4 million albums sold

Prince rules Billboard chart with half of top 10 titles, 4.4 million albums sold

He sold a "staggering" 4.4 million U.S. albums in a week, helped by his aversion to streaming.
5 reasons to still get excited for Paul McCartney (besides the obvious)

5 reasons to still get excited for Paul McCartney (besides the obvious)

Paul McCartney returns to town for two Target Center shows less than two years before his last time here.
7 charities to give to in honor of Prince's memory

7 charities to give to in honor of Prince's memory

Like nearly everything else in his life, Minneapolis's rock icon was private about his philanthropy. But here is firsthand knowledge about causes Prince championed.
Big Gigs for April 29-May 6: Paul McCartney, Ellie Goulding and more

Big Gigs for April 29-May 6: Paul McCartney, Ellie Goulding and more

  The Who: This is it for this once-great British rock band. Pete Townshend’s hearing is shot. Let’s hope Roger Daltrey’s voice has recovered from…
Prince and First Avenue: a history of the club's ties to its brightest star

Prince and First Avenue: a history of the club's ties to its brightest star

First Avenue nightclub will forever be tied to Prince's legacy, as it has been since 1981. Here's a look at the history they shared.
Musicians speak the loudest on Prince's genius

Musicians speak the loudest on Prince's genius

Think of all the other rock stars who wasted no time covering his songs. The president who took ample time talking him up to reporters.…
Prince's albums: A complete critical guide to all 37 official releases

Prince's albums: A complete critical guide to all 37 official releases

Here’s a look at the legacy left by one of pop music’s most prolific recording artists. The following list of 37 albums is as complete…
More Prince parties this weekend: From concerts to 'Purple Rain' screenings

More Prince parties this weekend: From concerts to 'Purple Rain' screenings

More options to celebrate his legacy in his hometown, including a literally old-school party at Sabathani Community Center.
Obituary: Prince was a once-in-a-generation artist

Obituary: Prince was a once-in-a-generation artist

Though he was a puzzle at times, the rocker was a true Minnesotan who revolutionized music more than once in a nearly 40-year career.
Prince's Revolution bandmates announce reunion plans

Prince's Revolution bandmates announce reunion plans

The "Purple Rain"-era players hatched their plans at a gathering with many more of the singer's associates Sunday night in Minneapolis.
Prince tops the charts again as sales jump 41,000 percent

Prince tops the charts again as sales jump 41,000 percent

Over his 38-year recording career, Prince sometimes invented clever new ways to rack up album sales. His death Thursday provided a much more predictable boon…
LEGACY: How Prince's royal touch still impacts the local music scene

LEGACY: How Prince's royal touch still impacts the local music scene

Perhaps just as important as Prince putting the Twin Cities music scene on the map for the rest of the world, he blurred the lines…
Want to hear Prince music? Radio stations fill online void in wake of his death

Want to hear Prince music? Radio stations fill online void in wake of his death

Fans can't hear his music on Spotify and other online music sites, but 89.3 the Current and First Avenue are going all out.
Twin Cities, world show love for Prince's purple majesty

Twin Cities, world show love for Prince's purple majesty

Hours after learning about the pop star's death Thursday morning at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, fans around the world took to social media to pay their respects to Prince and his music. Thursday night, thousands gathered in downtown Minneapolis to remember the legend who was one of them.
Lissie returns to her Midwest roots after 'Wild West'

Lissie returns to her Midwest roots after 'Wild West'

The Midwest-bred "When I'm Alone" singer has bought a farm in Iowa.
Bob Mould is on a tear: 'I was nervous about this one'

Bob Mould is on a tear: 'I was nervous about this one'

The Hüsker Dü vet's third album in less than four years is getting charmed reviews.
Father John Misty stays on course as he moves to campus

Father John Misty stays on course as he moves to campus

Review: His first local theater gig at Northrop was a buttoned-up affair.
Basilica Block Party blessed by Death Cab, the Fray, Ryan Adams, Gary Clark

Basilica Block Party blessed by Death Cab, the Fray, Ryan Adams, Gary Clark

The freshened lineup for the July 8-9 church bash also includes Andra Day, X-Ambassadors, American Authors and Cold War Kids.
5 spins on Record Store Day 2016 in the Twin Cities

5 spins on Record Store Day 2016 in the Twin Cities

Good weather and even a special Electric Fetus beer are on tap for Saturday.

Local music notes: 4onthefloor's tax attack, plus Suicide Commandos and Metasota news

Friday's Tax Day gig at First Ave comes complete with a new money-themed EP.
Har Mar Superstar comes home in time for 'Best Summer Ever'

Har Mar Superstar comes home in time for 'Best Summer Ever'

After 13 prodigal years, Sean Tillmann became a Minneapolis resident again just in time to hit the road behind his latest Superstar effort, "Best Summer Ever."
Indie-rock vet David Lowery kicks off music-biz conference in St. Paul

Indie-rock vet David Lowery kicks off music-biz conference in St. Paul

Indie-rock vet David Lowery kicks off this weekend's music-biz conference in St. Paul.
Gary Clark Jr. stays true blue in sold-out First Ave show

Gary Clark Jr. stays true blue in sold-out First Ave show

The Texas bluesman seemed right at home his second time at First Ave.
Punk trio Kitten Forever hits hard with nationally touted LP

Punk trio Kitten Forever hits hard with nationally touted LP

The guitar-less, phone-wielding Minneapolis band releases "7 Hearts" after working with some of their heroes and reworking Beyoncé.
Three bands later, Sarah White finds her solo voice (and it's amazing)

Three bands later, Sarah White finds her solo voice (and it's amazing)

The ex-Black Blondie vocalist goes it alone after three bands and five years in New York.
The Big Gigs, March 25-30: Secret Stash Revue, Soul Asylum, Scotty McCreery

The Big Gigs, March 25-30: Secret Stash Revue, Soul Asylum, Scotty McCreery

Also recommended: Young Fathers, Jonathan Richman, Big Cats, Robby Krieger, Patty Griffin and friends, Skating Polly and "Water for Flint."
Local music notes: Mark Mallman and Enemy Planes drop new LPs

Local music notes: Mark Mallman and Enemy Planes drop new LPs

Mallman's new album "The End Is Not the End" ends a four-year recording lull.
Bye-bye to Nye's: 'The last place where everyone fits in'

Bye-bye to Nye's: 'The last place where everyone fits in'

Nye's Polonaise Room enters its final two weeks as Minneapolis' most storied communal watering hole. "We don't know what the future holds," says the singer at the piano bar, "but we know it's been a helluva ride."
Minnesota music notes: A Korda compilation release party, tribute to Brian Gallagher

Minnesota music notes: A Korda compilation release party, tribute to Brian Gallagher

Greazy Meal pays tribute to its founder on Saturday, also when Joe Fahey touts a strong new LP at Harriet Brewing.
The best Twin Cities concerts of the week, from the Pines to Lucius

The best Twin Cities concerts of the week, from the Pines to Lucius

The Pines, Jose Gonzalez and Lucius top our list.
Metallica to rock U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 20

Metallica to rock U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 20

The metal kings will help inaugurate the new Vikings stadium the night after Luke Bryan.
Paul McCartney returning May 4 for Target Center concert

Paul McCartney returning May 4 for Target Center concert

The Beatle is downsizing from stadiums to arenas on his 2016 tour, which comes just two years after he easily sold out Target Field.
Metallica, McCartney announce big gigs

Metallica, McCartney announce big gigs

The metal kings will help inaugurate U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 20. Sir Paul returns May 4 to Target Center.
From bassist to author, Michelle Leon writes her Babes in Toyland memoir

From bassist to author, Michelle Leon writes her Babes in Toyland memoir

Ex-Babes in Toyland bassist Michelle Leon recalls the sexism, drugs and rock 'n' roll in her new book.
Minnesota music notes: Nye's countdown, Lee's markup

Minnesota music notes: Nye's countdown, Lee's markup

The countdown is on and the crowds are getting bigger and bitterer at Nye’s Polonaise Room, still on track to close April 3 to make…
Cloud Cult finds its cinematic foothold with 'The Seeker'

Cloud Cult finds its cinematic foothold with 'The Seeker'

The orchestral rockers' latest album is also the basis for a new movie.
12 top concerts in the Twin Cities this week: Allan Kingdom, Titus & Finn and more

12 top concerts in the Twin Cities this week: Allan Kingdom, Titus & Finn and more

Allan Kingdom and the three-quarters-local R&B trio King rule Friday's showcase at First Avenue.
Brian Gallagher of Greazy Meal and Prince's NPG dies unexpectedly at 52

Brian Gallagher of Greazy Meal and Prince's NPG dies unexpectedly at 52

A former Prince sideman and co-founder of Greazy Meal, Brian Gallagher had the right mix of professionalism, musical chops and personal likability that made him…
Minnesota Music Notes: 'Devil Music' party, new Night Moves and Atmosphere singles, more

Minnesota Music Notes: 'Devil Music' party, new Night Moves and Atmosphere singles, more

A musical church that became a record label for old-timey country-gospel music, St. Paul's House of Mercy has blessed us with a spirited new compilation…
Sorry, Minnesota: Bob Dylan's 6,000-item archive to be housed in Oklahoma

Sorry, Minnesota: Bob Dylan's 6,000-item archive to be housed in Oklahoma

Citing idol Woody Guthrie and American Indian culture, Hibbing's own picks Tulsa University to house archives.
Jason Isbell cleans up nicely for sold-out Northrop

Jason Isbell cleans up nicely for sold-out Northrop

Review: The Americana songwriter showcased the intimate fare off his new, Grammy-winning album.
Take a look inside overhaul of St. Paul's Palace Theatre, future concert hot spot

Take a look inside overhaul of St. Paul's Palace Theatre, future concert hot spot

A 2,800-capacity venue is due to reopen under First Avenue management by the end of the year (its 100th).
AC/DC predictable but still electrifying at Xcel Center

AC/DC predictable but still electrifying at Xcel Center

Review: The Aussie rock legends were shy one co-founder but they hit the right bells Sunday night in St. Paul.
Eaux Claires to make deux with Badu, Rateliff and, yep, Bon Iver

Eaux Claires to make deux with Badu, Rateliff and, yep, Bon Iver

The second year of Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Music & Art Festival looks to be as eclectic and unpredictable as the first. The two-day musical camp-out is scheduled again Aug. 12-13 along the Chippewa River in Eau Claire, Wis.
A royal homecoming for King, buzzing R&B trio with Minneapolis roots

A royal homecoming for King, buzzing R&B trio with Minneapolis roots

Minneapolis natives Paris and Amber Strother return to town riding a wave of attention for their synth-laden R&B trio.
Minnesota's Cactus Blossoms court national attention with vintage country sound

Minnesota's Cactus Blossoms court national attention with vintage country sound

The Cactus Blossoms' Southern harmonies and sibling charm have brought them from the dusty bars of northeast Minneapolis to a national buzz.
Minnesota songwriter lands at No. 1 with latest Meghan Trainor hit

Minnesota songwriter lands at No. 1 with latest Meghan Trainor hit

Caitlyn Smith helped write "Like I'm Gonna Lose You," a duet with John Legend, long before Trainor became a star.
Lizzo sets off a 'Big GRRRL' revolution

Lizzo sets off a 'Big GRRRL' revolution

Opening up about her body image was no small feat for the real-life Melissa Jefferson, whose single and video "My Skin" has started a new kind of buzz around the Minneapolis hip-hop/R&B star.
Chris Thile tunes up 'Prairie Home' in his first stint as Keillor's replacement

Chris Thile tunes up 'Prairie Home' in his first stint as Keillor's replacement

Keillor's named replacement added musical punch Saturday with Brandi Carlile, Ben Folds.
Martin Dosh back on familiar Turf: 'One true tonic for sadness for me is playing music'

Martin Dosh back on familiar Turf: 'One true tonic for sadness for me is playing music'

The sonic adventurer finds solace in his second Turf Club residency, and in his dying dad's remarkable story.
New Babes in Toyland bassist Clara Salyer relishing her 'dream-come-true' gig

New Babes in Toyland bassist Clara Salyer relishing her 'dream-come-true' gig

A music scene vet at only 23, Clara Salyer joined Babes in Toyland on eight days' notice.
Ozzy's Black Sabbath musters one last powerhouse show

Ozzy's Black Sabbath musters one last powerhouse show

Ozzy Osbourne and two original bandmates said farewell at Target Center.
Current turns 11 with surprises by Tommy Stinson, Low, Bruise Violet

Current turns 11 with surprises by Tommy Stinson, Low, Bruise Violet

REVIEW: The public radio station's two-night anniversary celebration at First Ave also featured Gospel Machine, Mixed Blood Majority and Gramma's Boyfriend.
Ozzy on Black Sabbath: 'This really is the end'

Ozzy on Black Sabbath: 'This really is the end'

Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler talk about burying their legendary metal band Black Sabbath, coming Monday to Target Center.
No more wiggle room: Nye's set to close April 3

No more wiggle room: Nye's set to close April 3

The beloved Minneapolis bar will throw its last bash April 3.
Varsity Theater is target of boycott amid sex-abuse lawsuits against owner

Varsity Theater is target of boycott amid sex-abuse lawsuits against owner

Sex-abuse suits against owner prompt campaign.
Meet the rest of First Ave's Best New Bands

Meet the rest of First Ave's Best New Bands

Murder Shoes: The first band of the night is also probably the most straight-ahead rock band of the night, in a good way, with angelic-voiced…
All the rage at any age: Mpls. teen punk trio Bruise Violet having time of their lives

All the rage at any age: Mpls. teen punk trio Bruise Violet having time of their lives

Despite the irate tone of their songs, members of Minneapolis punk trio Bruise Violet are having the time of their lives. Not that that's saying a whole lot.
5 stops, 4 decades: A recap of David Bowie's scant Twin Cities appearances

5 stops, 4 decades: A recap of David Bowie's scant Twin Cities appearances

Revisiting David Bowie's relatively few but always memorable local gigs going back to 1974.
Ex-Cities 97 vet Brian Oake to return as 89.3 the Current's morning host

Ex-Cities 97 vet Brian Oake to return as 89.3 the Current's morning host

The longtime Cities 97 personality says it was a "no-brainer" joining the more alternative-flavored station starting March 7.
Twin Cities Critics Tally 2015: Low's 'Ones and Sixes' is No. 1 album

Twin Cities Critics Tally 2015: Low's 'Ones and Sixes' is No. 1 album

The Duluth trio Low won album of the year in our annual poll, which also amplified the local love for Bad Bad Hats and Lizzo.
Want to start 2016 in the club? Here are 30 NYE options

Want to start 2016 in the club? Here are 30 NYE options

Choose from our six-pack of New Year's Eve critic's picks in the Twin Cities and beyond — plus 24 more.
Best and worst in Minnesota music, 2015 edition

Best and worst in Minnesota music, 2015 edition

The underage revolution, the outdoor overload, First Avenue's overhead issues and other big Minnesota music stories from 2015.
Adele fans roll into deep lines for tickets to her St. Paul kick-off

Adele fans roll into deep lines for tickets to her St. Paul kick-off

Xcel Energy Center saw a record turnout for the British singer's quickly sold-out July 5-6 tour kickoff.
Adele, AC/DC each announce St. Paul concerts

Adele, AC/DC each announce St. Paul concerts

Adele's North American tour will kick off at Xcel Center on July 5 and 6, while AC/DC will play there Feb. 14.
Original 'Star Wars' kids excited to share 'Force Awakens' with their kids

Original 'Star Wars' kids excited to share 'Force Awakens' with their kids

Next week's release of Episode VII is a family affair for many Twin Citians as the franchise spans generations, thanks in part to Disney's takeover.
Indie-folk star Joanna Newsom spreads her strings with a powerful new album

Indie-folk star Joanna Newsom spreads her strings with a powerful new album

Harpist/indie hero Joanna Newsom carried a lot of weight to pluck out one of this year's most celebrated albums.
Cocaine found on tour bus where rock star Scott Weiland died

Cocaine found on tour bus where rock star Scott Weiland died

Rock star Scott Weiland was found dead Thursday night in his tour bus in Bloomington, and a small amount of cocaine was nearby, authorities said.
Rhymesayers raps up 20 years of hip-hop in one big, busy night

Rhymesayers raps up 20 years of hip-hop in one big, busy night

Review: Rhymesayers' anniversary at Target Center flew by fast, fiery.
Trashy Little Xmas concerts leaving Lee's Liquor Lounge in dispute

Trashy Little Xmas concerts leaving Lee's Liquor Lounge in dispute

A dispute between the band Trailer Trash and the bar's new owner ends the popular 22-year tradition.
20 defining moments in Rhymesayers' 20-year history

20 defining moments in Rhymesayers' 20-year history

Here's a look at Rhymesayers' defining moments, as Minneapolis' little-rap-label-that-could marks its anniversary Friday at Target Center.
More Rhymesayers 20 lists: underrated catalog albums and a personal top 10

More Rhymesayers 20 lists: underrated catalog albums and a personal top 10

Staff members pick some lesser-sung gems out of their 20-year discography, and our critic names his all-time favorites.
Young Minnesota music stars graduate to SXSW

Young Minnesota music stars graduate to SXSW

A bumper crop of Minnesotans hit Texas this week for the 29th annual South by Southwest Music Conference, the five-day mega-fest that serves as a new-car show for the music industry.
All ages shine at First Ave in Hippo Campus, Replacements concerts

All ages shine at First Ave in Hippo Campus, Replacements concerts

Replacements tribute and sold-out Hippo Campus blended old and new hometown favorites.
Adam Levy turns tragedy to hope on 'Naubinway'

Adam Levy turns tragedy to hope on 'Naubinway'

Honeydogs frontman Adam Levy explores his son's suicide on a heartbreaking album.
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