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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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Twins confirm July 28 concert with Billy Joel at Target Field

Twins confirm July 28 concert with Billy Joel at Target Field

Joe Mauer and Paul Molitor helped deliver the concert pitch Thursday morning at the ballpark.
Minnesota musicians fill January void with tributes and residencies

Minnesota musicians fill January void with tributes and residencies

The annual Cash and Joplin all-star shows return this weekend.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: G. Love at First Avenue, the Lumineers at Target Center

Twin Cities concerts of the week: G. Love at First Avenue, the Lumineers at Target Center

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: David Lowrey returns to Minneapolis with Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven

Twin Cities concerts of the week: David Lowrey returns to Minneapolis with Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Theft from van hasn't slowed rapper Sims, who rolls home with renewed spirit

Theft from van hasn't slowed rapper Sims, who rolls home with renewed spirit

A tour-van burglary didn't stop the Doomtree rapper, who'll celebrate his new album Friday at First Avenue.
Artist of the Year 2016: Prince's memorials were the year's rock stars

Artist of the Year 2016: Prince's memorials were the year's rock stars

An impromptu street gathering in the grim hours following Prince's death lit a spark that shined through a year of tributes.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Iffy, King and a trippy New Year's Eve with Prof and Big Gigantic

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Iffy, King and a trippy New Year's Eve with Prof and Big Gigantic

Iffy: Ahead of the times in blending psychedelic electronic loops and dance beats into the rock aesthetic in the late-'90s, Iffy is finally making up…
Best concert of the week: Snoop Dogg at Myth, a Beyoncé tribute at First Avenue

Best concert of the week: Snoop Dogg at Myth, a Beyoncé tribute at First Avenue

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Duluth's Tiny Desk champion Gaelynn Lea enjoying moment in the sun

Duluth's Tiny Desk champion Gaelynn Lea enjoying moment in the sun

Gaelynn Lea has long been a fixture in Duluth's music and disability-rights communities. Now the world is tuned in, thanks to NPR.
Best concerts of the week: Mark Mallman at Icehouse, the Bad Plus at the Dakota

Best concerts of the week: Mark Mallman at Icehouse, the Bad Plus at the Dakota

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Bon Iver to headline Rock the Garden 2017

Bon Iver to headline Rock the Garden 2017

The annual fundraiser concert returns to the sculpture garden July 22 with a headliner who has also been on hiatus.
Best concerts of the week: Kristin Hersh at Cedar Cultural Center, Lizzo at First Avenue

Best concerts of the week: Kristin Hersh at Cedar Cultural Center, Lizzo at First Avenue

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Change is brewing at Surly after abrasive split with co-founder

Change is brewing at Surly after abrasive split with co-founder

Seemingly unstoppable over the past decade as it went from two to 365 employees and opened a $35 million facility in Minneapolis, Surly Brewing hit its first sour patch in October when its co-founding brewmaster abruptly quit.
R. Kelly opens up, then hangs up, in interview before Orpheum holiday concert

R. Kelly opens up, then hangs up, in interview before Orpheum holiday concert

In an abbreviated phone chat, Chicago's ill-reputed R&B singer only wanted to talk about his new, sexed-up Christmas album.
They'll be home for Christmas concerts: A guide to holiday shows by Minnesota's favorite acts

They'll be home for Christmas concerts: A guide to holiday shows by Minnesota's favorite acts

Your guide to holiday shows by Minnesota's enduring local acts.
Tove Lo, Fifth Harmony, Backstreet lead Jingle Ball Class of 2016

Tove Lo, Fifth Harmony, Backstreet lead Jingle Ball Class of 2016

Tove Lo, Fifth Harmony, Backstreet led KDWB's annual pop sampler at Xcel Center.
Guns N' Roses rewards fans' patience with July 30 date at U.S. Bank Stadium

Guns N' Roses rewards fans' patience with July 30 date at U.S. Bank Stadium

While their resident football team lags farther behind in the standings, U.S. Bank Stadium has jumped out in front as a leader in the arena…
New Standards stay merry, despite a messy 2016

New Standards stay merry, despite a messy 2016

Review: New twists and current events kept the holiday shows fresh in their 10th year.
Local music notes: Ryan Olcott's odd new act; Paisley goes 'Dark'

Local music notes: Ryan Olcott's odd new act; Paisley goes 'Dark'

Former 12 Rods rocker steps out with his whirry new electronic act.
Best concerts of the week: KDWB Jingle Ball, Curtiss A's annual John Lennon Tribute

Best concerts of the week: KDWB Jingle Ball, Curtiss A's annual John Lennon Tribute

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Paisley Park to host Celebration concerts on anniversary of Prince's death

Paisley Park to host Celebration concerts on anniversary of Prince's death

The Revolution, Morris Day, NPG and other cohorts will perform at his Chanhassen studio in April.
Chan Poling and John Munson talk 10 years of New Standards holiday shows

Chan Poling and John Munson talk 10 years of New Standards holiday shows

Chan Poling and John Munson look back on the essential songs and moments from their annual show.
First Ave's year-end tradition continues with Jayhawks, Har Mar, Lizzo

First Ave's year-end tradition continues with Jayhawks, Har Mar, Lizzo

It's common for Minnesota bands to wrap up a year of touring on familiar home turf.
Best concert of the week: The Pines & Frankie Lee at the Cedar

Best concert of the week: The Pines & Frankie Lee at the Cedar

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Best concerts of the week: Farewell Milwaukee at Turf Club, Ike Reilly Assassination at First Ave

Best concerts of the week: Farewell Milwaukee at Turf Club, Ike Reilly Assassination at First Ave

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
A music critic's lament for Mill City Nights (no, really)

A music critic's lament for Mill City Nights (no, really)

The corporate-run Warehouse District rock club closes in two weeks after a peculiar four years.
Band of Horses ride out rough patch at State Theatre

Band of Horses ride out rough patch at State Theatre

REVIEW: Ben Bridwell's vocal issues didn't hobble a lovingly received State Theatre set.
Prince's Paisley Park adds weekend dance parties, new tours to its mix

Prince's Paisley Park adds weekend dance parties, new tours to its mix

Fans will even have a chance to record their own Prince song as the Chanhassen museum seeks visitors.
Minnesota music heir Jeanne Taylor becomes L.A. hopeful in pursuit of Top 40 career

Minnesota music heir Jeanne Taylor becomes L.A. hopeful in pursuit of Top 40 career

Jeanne Taylor hopes to carry the Peterson family name into Top 40 territory.
Best concerts of the week: Bank of Horses at State Theatre, Black Market Brass rides good buzz with debut album

Best concerts of the week: Bank of Horses at State Theatre, Black Market Brass rides good buzz with debut album

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Review: Keith Urban rips it up at sold-out Target Center show

Review: Keith Urban rips it up at sold-out Target Center show

The Australian star and frequent Twin Cities visitor shredded on guitar more than he plucked on ganjo in front of 13,000-plus fans.
Best concerts of the week: Culture Club at Treasure Island, Dilated Peoples & Allan Kingdom at Mill City Nights

Best concerts of the week: Culture Club at Treasure Island, Dilated Peoples & Allan Kingdom at Mill City Nights

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Best concerts of the week: Elle King at the State Theatre, Joseph at Cedar Cultural Center

Best concerts of the week: Elle King at the State Theatre, Joseph at Cedar Cultural Center

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Pert Near Sandstone, Sims drop LPs while on the road

Pert Near Sandstone, Sims drop LPs while on the road

Neither of the big local albums dropping this week involves a hometown release party, but that's because the acts are already out on the road touting them.
Iggy & the Stooges documentary screams blue-collar punk rock

Iggy & the Stooges documentary screams blue-collar punk rock

REVIEW: Jim Jarmusch does the Stooges justice in a new documentary on the Michigan punk band.
Why the singing sisters of the Staves moved from London to Minneapolis

Why the singing sisters of the Staves moved from London to Minneapolis

A harmonious indie-folk trio from England that already had a good following in the Twin Cities, the Staves also now have homes here.
Alt-twang 'It Girl' Margo Price's hurtin' songs that feel so good at Turf Club

Alt-twang 'It Girl' Margo Price's hurtin' songs that feel so good at Turf Club

Review: The Midwest farm girl was the year's hottest club ticket in local alt-country/Americana circles.
Now serving at the Turf Club: music from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Now serving at the Turf Club: music from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

SPCO reaches a new lowbrow high with its series to reach younger audiences.
A cappella enters a new arena as Pentatonix serenades the X

A cappella enters a new arena as Pentatonix serenades the X

Review: Fans cheered Texas quintet Pentatonix's unendingly cheery show at Xcel Center.
Minn. music legend Bobby Vee dies after Alzheimer's battle

Minn. music legend Bobby Vee dies after Alzheimer's battle

Bobby Vee's storied music career involved a who's who of rock 'n' roll heroes, including Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan and the Beatles. Even after his…
So much to hate in Vanilla Ice-led I Love the '90s Tour

So much to hate in Vanilla Ice-led I Love the '90s Tour

Review: Salt-N-Pepa and Rob Base were the bright spots in the well-attended retro-rap concert.
St. Paul & the Broken Bones frontman talks new album, Prince, First Avenue

St. Paul & the Broken Bones frontman talks new album, Prince, First Avenue

Broken Bones singer Paul Janeway talks sophomore slump and Prince ahead of two-night First Ave stand.
What should Prince's estate do to keep his music alive?

What should Prince's estate do to keep his music alive?

The tribute concert is over, and the museum is open. Here's how Prince's family should handle other posthumous projects.
Best concerts of the week: 'I Love the '90s' at Target Center, Sheila E pays tribute to Prince at Orchestra Hall

Best concerts of the week: 'I Love the '90s' at Target Center, Sheila E pays tribute to Prince at Orchestra Hall

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Communist Daughter's new album arrives at last

Communist Daughter's new album arrives at last

The band delivers a new LP of lush pop-rock arrangements.
First Ave pitches 10,000-seat amphitheater for north Mpls. port

First Ave pitches 10,000-seat amphitheater for north Mpls. port

Downtown Minneapolis club is part of a group with plans for an amphitheater at an all-new Upper Harbor.
Prince fans relish chance for 'closure' at tribute concert

Prince fans relish chance for 'closure' at tribute concert

Everyone who converged Thursday night on the St. Paul arena for the long-awaited, hastily produced tribute concert said they needed it.
Newcomer Jay Smart wisely covers Haley Bonar's 'Kismet Kill'

Newcomer Jay Smart wisely covers Haley Bonar's 'Kismet Kill'

Remaking Haley Bonar was an unusual beacon for Jay Smart's rare talent.
10 most poetic Bob Dylan songs

10 most poetic Bob Dylan songs

Literary scholars are already deriding Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize. Here are 10 songs to prove them wrong.
Best concerts of the week: Phantogram at First Avenue, Ja Rule and more for the Zombie Pub Crawl

Best concerts of the week: Phantogram at First Avenue, Ja Rule and more for the Zombie Pub Crawl

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Kanye West floats his way through 'Saint Pablo' concert in St. Paul

Kanye West floats his way through 'Saint Pablo' concert in St. Paul

Review: The brash hip-hop icon landed in concert on Monday for first Twin Cites show in nine years. Alone on stage, he had nothing to hide behind but his microphone. If you love Kanye, you'd have loved the concert.
Assessing the new Paisley Park: Prince's museum has already got the look

Assessing the new Paisley Park: Prince's museum has already got the look

As a museum, Paisley Park works. In fact, it works almost perfectly. Several thousand fans found this out Thursday during opening-day tours.
Best concerts of the week: Glass Animals at Myth, Sonny Knight & the Lakers at First Avenue

Best concerts of the week: Glass Animals at Myth, Sonny Knight & the Lakers at First Avenue

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Prince's ashes and a maze of purple memorabilia greet Paisley Park visitors

Prince's ashes and a maze of purple memorabilia greet Paisley Park visitors

Frustration over City Council delays gave way to celebration and sadness as fans entered the singer's Chanhassen complex Thursday.
Paisley Park tours set to be temporarily approved despite council's rebuke

Paisley Park tours set to be temporarily approved despite council's rebuke

After Chanhassen delays Paisley Park rezoning, a temporary permit is likely to follow Wednesday morning.
Best concerts of the week: Drive By Truckers at First Avenue and more

Best concerts of the week: Drive By Truckers at First Avenue and more

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
With new album, Haley Bonar wins international acclaim – and a shoutout from Elton John

With new album, Haley Bonar wins international acclaim – and a shoutout from Elton John

Her electrified new record is getting transatlantic buzz as she heads into Sunday's local release show.
10 pop concerts for fall: Brian Wilson revisits 'Pet Sounds,' Kanye West brings Saint Pablo to St. Paul

10 pop concerts for fall: Brian Wilson revisits 'Pet Sounds,' Kanye West brings Saint Pablo to St. Paul

Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman Last time he was in the Twin Cities, adventurous jazz pianist Mehldau collaborated with mandolin master Chris Thile, the new…
5 hot newcomers to catch in Twin Cities concerts this fall

5 hot newcomers to catch in Twin Cities concerts this fall

Never mind the arena shows. Save money and discover your new favorite singer in the clubs.
Best concerts of the week: Belly at First Avenue, Robert Randolph plays the Cabooze

Best concerts of the week: Belly at First Avenue, Robert Randolph plays the Cabooze

  Echo & the Bunnymen: Now trimmed to the duo of Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant, the Liverpudlian post-punk band favorably recalls 1984’s heyday…
Best concerts of the week: Bob Mould leads Summit Backyard Bash, double bill featuring NRBQ and Los Straitjackets

Best concerts of the week: Bob Mould leads Summit Backyard Bash, double bill featuring NRBQ and Los Straitjackets

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Review: Lauryn Hill stays royal at First Avenue

Review: Lauryn Hill stays royal at First Avenue

The hip-hop icon covered Prince and Bob Marley and reinvented her own tunes.
Review: Sweet homespun Alabama does it again at the State Fair

Review: Sweet homespun Alabama does it again at the State Fair

The deeply Southern harmonizers hit the grandstand for the 19th time, more than any other performers in Minnesota State Fair history.
Best concerts of the week: Weezer at the State Fair, Lauryn Hill at First Avenue

Best concerts of the week: Weezer at the State Fair, Lauryn Hill at First Avenue

  Weezer: With their plethora of goofy, catchy radio hits — from the heavy faves “Buddy Holly” and “Hash Pipe” to the lighter “Island in…
Best concerts of the week: Malamanya, Guided by Voices, Minnesota State Fair

Best concerts of the week: Malamanya, Guided by Voices, Minnesota State Fair

Your guide to the Twin Cities's must-see shows this week.
Review: G-Eazy a hard sell despite nearly sold-out State Fair crowd

Review: G-Eazy a hard sell despite nearly sold-out State Fair crowd

Fresh off MTV's VMAs, the Bay Area rapper was the first hip-hop show in three years at the grandstand.
Review: Dixie Chicks play it fair in first of two grandstand concerts

Review: Dixie Chicks play it fair in first of two grandstand concerts

The country trio avoided politics and stuck to (freshened-up) oldies.
How did Mpls. land Metallica's only summer concert? Lars Ulrich dishes

How did Mpls. land Metallica's only summer concert? Lars Ulrich dishes

Drummer Lars Ulrich talked new album and local history backstage at U.S. Bank Stadium last weekend.
Do the Dixie Chicks' sold-out State Fair concerts mean the end of controversy?

Do the Dixie Chicks' sold-out State Fair concerts mean the end of controversy?

Natalie Maines & Co. play to 30,000 fans at the grandstand, with or without forgiveness.
Best concerts of the week: Har Mar Superstar takes the zoo, rare solo show featuring Bad Plus pianist

Best concerts of the week: Har Mar Superstar takes the zoo, rare solo show featuring Bad Plus pianist

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Metallica turns it up to 11 in sold-out U.S. Bank Stadium show

Metallica turns it up to 11 in sold-out U.S. Bank Stadium show

Review: The metal vets and their fans tested the limits of the Vikings palace in summer's biggest concert.
With new album brewing, Metallica adds to Minn. legacy with sold-out show

With new album brewing, Metallica adds to Minn. legacy with sold-out show

Metal's biggest band is back with a new album and the summer's hottest concert ticket. Where's it been all these years?
Wilco teases new album ahead of Minneapolis riverfront concert

Wilco teases new album ahead of Minneapolis riverfront concert

For the second summer in a row, Wilco is playing an outdoor gig in Minneapolis right before it's about to drop a new album. The difference this year: The band actually clued us into its plans.
Skrillex closed out a rib cage-rattling weekend at Summer Set

Skrillex closed out a rib cage-rattling weekend at Summer Set

Review: Sunday's other offerings at Somerset included Gramatik and a gooey DJ Marshmello.
Review: Justin Vernon deuxs it again with Eaux Claires music fest

Review: Justin Vernon deuxs it again with Eaux Claires music fest

Year Two twice as fun at Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires fest
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