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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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Metallica's Lars Ulrich talked new album, Minn. history backstage at U.S. Bank Stadium

Metallica's Lars Ulrich talked new album, Minn. history backstage at U.S. Bank Stadium

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: 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.
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
Will concerts sound better at U.S. Bank Stadium than the Metrodome?

Will concerts sound better at U.S. Bank Stadium than the Metrodome?

With the Dome's dismal acoustics still echoing in many fans' minds, Metallica and Luke Bryan will test U.S. Bank Stadium's acoustics next weekend.
What to expect at Eaux Claires? National's Dessner previews this weekend's fest

What to expect at Eaux Claires? National's Dessner previews this weekend's fest

Aaron Dessner and the Eaux Claires fest return to Wisconsin farmland. Dessner previews Year 2, and his Grateful Dead tribute.
All-star Grateful Dead tribute coming to Eaux Claires music fest

All-star Grateful Dead tribute coming to Eaux Claires music fest

Aaron Dessner previews three of the 59 tracks featured on the new Grateful Dead tribute album.
Best concerts of the week: Deftones, Gaelynn Lea, plus a '90s explosion featuring Tone Loc, Naughty by Nature and En Vogue

Best concerts of the week: Deftones, Gaelynn Lea, plus a '90s explosion featuring Tone Loc, Naughty by Nature and En Vogue

Your guide to the Twin Cities's must-see shows this week.
It's a weekend of outdoor bashes: Cloud Cult at HazelFest, Metric at Kraftskiva, Lizzo at Lucé

It's a weekend of outdoor bashes: Cloud Cult at HazelFest, Metric at Kraftskiva, Lizzo at Lucé

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Summer Set vs. Eaux Claires: Western Wisconsin music fests go head-to-head

Summer Set vs. Eaux Claires: Western Wisconsin music fests go head-to-head

Western Wisconsin farmland will be a fertile hotbed of music with next weekend's dueling festivals.
Minnesota's well-traveled musicians offer road-trip advice

Minnesota's well-traveled musicians offer road-trip advice

Tips for your next long spin down the highway from Minnesota's well-traveled musicians.
'Here we go again': Barb Abney is out of a job at Go 96.3

'Here we go again': Barb Abney is out of a job at Go 96.3

The modern-rock DJ, who bounced back last year after being released by the Current, lost her midday slot Thursday
Family says Prince tribute concert will be Oct. 13 at Vikings stadium

Family says Prince tribute concert will be Oct. 13 at Vikings stadium

Family members confirmed the date, but there was no word on who might perform.
Review: Louis C.K. as unhappy as ever at Target Center, luckily

Review: Louis C.K. as unhappy as ever at Target Center, luckily

The comic turned TV star turned on the misery on stage in front of 15,000 people, who made for a mob scene outside the Minneapolis arena.
Best concerts of the week: 5 Seconds of Summer, Twenty One Pilots, Ghostface & Raekwon and the return of Rogue Valley

Best concerts of the week: 5 Seconds of Summer, Twenty One Pilots, Ghostface & Raekwon and the return of Rogue Valley

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart on full display in Walker exhibit

Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart on full display in Walker exhibit

A new exhibit at Walker Art Center, "Land Speed Record" by St. Paul artist Chris Larson, is named after a record by Hart's old band Hüsker Dü.
Basketball career behind him, Mpls. rapper Mac Irv bounces to new beat

Basketball career behind him, Mpls. rapper Mac Irv bounces to new beat

Former Minneapolis Henry star and NBA prospect Mac Irv is now slamming as a musician.
Holy No. 1! Minneapolis singer Jovonta Patton tops Billboard gospel chart

Holy No. 1! Minneapolis singer Jovonta Patton tops Billboard gospel chart

Good Book meets Facebook in the young North Side father's unlikely rise.
Drake dazzles in a 'Bling'-blazing set at St. Paul's Xcel Center

Drake dazzles in a 'Bling'-blazing set at St. Paul's Xcel Center

Despite a late start, Drake stakes a strong claim to hip-hop's throne.
Review: Duran Duran turns up the grooves after Chic turned it on early

Review: Duran Duran turns up the grooves after Chic turned it on early

REVIEW: The '80s hitmakers followed their openers' funky lead Saturday in St. Paul.
Best concerts of the week: Drake, Lowertown Blues Fest, Dr. Dog, Warped Tour

Best concerts of the week: Drake, Lowertown Blues Fest, Dr. Dog, Warped Tour

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Nothing to Kid about: Prince bought the 'Purple Rain' house last summer

Nothing to Kid about: Prince bought the 'Purple Rain' house last summer

His NPG Music paid cash but did not follow through on needed repairs to Longfellow property.
Best concerts of the week: Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Fest, Femi Kuti, Twilight Hours, Bastille Day

Best concerts of the week: Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Fest, Femi Kuti, Twilight Hours, Bastille Day

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
Wild boys no more, Duran Duran feeling 'rejuvenated' for St. Paul show

Wild boys no more, Duran Duran feeling 'rejuvenated' for St. Paul show

Five questions with bassist John Taylor as the prototype MTV band returns to St. Paul.
Car Seat Headrest in the driver's seat now, heading to Minneapolis from Pitchfork

Car Seat Headrest in the driver's seat now, heading to Minneapolis from Pitchfork

Legal spat with Ric Ocasek didn't keep Will Toledo's band from a breakout summer.
Musicians Doomtree, PaviElle to rally for peace Sunday at State Capitol

Musicians Doomtree, PaviElle to rally for peace Sunday at State Capitol

The event's young organizer called it "a way for us to all be together."
Review: Basilica Block Party carries on with breezy summer vibe

Review: Basilica Block Party carries on with breezy summer vibe

The 22nd annual beer and music fundraiser outside the Basilica of St. Mary in downtown Minneapolis went on with cool temps and hot acts to help distract partygoers from the bad news.
Best concerts of the week: Basilica Block Party, Hunter Hayes, Alabama, Frankie Lee and more

Best concerts of the week: Basilica Block Party, Hunter Hayes, Alabama, Frankie Lee and more

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Review: Adele's second show in Twin Cities rivals first, save her charming banter

Review: Adele's second show in Twin Cities rivals first, save her charming banter

Other than the chatter, Adele followed the same 18-song set list in order, starting with "Hello." She employed the same stage trickery, too.
Minnesota music fans burned by ticket scalping epidemic

Minnesota music fans burned by ticket scalping epidemic

Wondering why it's so difficult to find a concert ticket? A Star Tribune analysis shows trends that impact ticket availability.
Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson make it through magical night in Mankato

Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson make it through magical night in Mankato

REVIEW: The music icons paired up again in Mankato with Merle Haggard's band and memory in tow.
The Big Gigs: New Standards meet the orchestra, Jayhawks do the zoo, plus Lisa Fischer & more

The Big Gigs: New Standards meet the orchestra, Jayhawks do the zoo, plus Lisa Fischer & more

Your guide to the week's best concerts.
Motion City Soundtrack writes its own epitaph with this week's farewell gigs

Motion City Soundtrack writes its own epitaph with this week's farewell gigs

The hard-touring pop/punk band is calling it quits after four hometown Varsity Theater gigs.
Big Gigs: Pointers Sisters do Pride, Franti does Jazz Fest, more

Big Gigs: Pointers Sisters do Pride, Franti does Jazz Fest, more

Your guide to the week's best concerts.
Review: Phish phans finally get their wish with lengthy Xcel Center concert

Review: Phish phans finally get their wish with lengthy Xcel Center concert

The veteran jam band ended a 16-year Twin Cities with a two-part show.
Rock the Garden sizzles by the river

Rock the Garden sizzles by the river

The 14,000 festivalgoers found the same musical formula, but not much shade on Saturday.
The week's best Twin Cities concerts, from Flight of the Conchords to Bieber

The week's best Twin Cities concerts, from Flight of the Conchords to Bieber

Flight of the Conchords: They’re calling it “The Flight of the Conchords Sing the Flight of the Conchords Tour,” and if you don’t find that…
What to expect at the Walker's relocated Rock the Garden

What to expect at the Walker's relocated Rock the Garden

Our guide to Saturday's temporarily relocated hipster music fest -- from the bands to bike parking.
Annual David Bowie tribute lives on at First Avenue

Annual David Bowie tribute lives on at First Avenue

"We're doing the show for the same reason we've always done it: because we love his music, not because he died." Friday's tribute also doubles as a benefit for Feline Rescue.
Review: Minnesota fans finally Cured again after 20-year wait

Review: Minnesota fans finally Cured again after 20-year wait

"Just Like Heaven" hitmakers made up for lost time after 20-year Twin Cities absence.
Prince's NPG bandmates to remember him 'the best way we know how'

Prince's NPG bandmates to remember him 'the best way we know how'

Three of the original New Power Generation band members head up three shows around their old boss' birthday.
Comic Dave Chappelle kicks off First Ave run by kicking at Cosby and Trump

Comic Dave Chappelle kicks off First Ave run by kicking at Cosby and Trump

Review: The legendary stand-up veteran's 10-show run included a serious nod to Prince.
State Fair Midway hosts 'best Soundset yet'

State Fair Midway hosts 'best Soundset yet'

New acts drew regulars as well as newbies to giant hip-hop music fest.
5 fresh spins on Soundset as hip-hop fest heads to Minnesota Fairgrounds

5 fresh spins on Soundset as hip-hop fest heads to Minnesota Fairgrounds

As much as Soundset 2016 appears to involve a lot of same-old same-old, Sunday's one-day rap marathon is actually treading a lot of new ground — starting with new digs at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
Soundset 2016's get-to-know guide: Anderson .Paak, Post Malone, Lexii Alijai, more

Soundset 2016's get-to-know guide: Anderson .Paak, Post Malone, Lexii Alijai, more

These five artists could wind up stealing the show on Sunday.
There were no fair-weather fans at Beyoncé's long-awaited Mpls. show

There were no fair-weather fans at Beyoncé's long-awaited Mpls. show

Threat of lightning forced an evacuation, but didn't dampen the spirit of 35,000 fans waiting for "the concert of a lifetime."
How bad weather might affect tonight's Beyoncé concert

How bad weather might affect tonight's Beyoncé concert

Lightning, but not rain, would put a halt to the big show at TCF Bank Stadium, where the forecast doesn't look pretty.
As Hibbing struggles, Duluth takes charge of Bob Dylan celebration

As Hibbing struggles, Duluth takes charge of Bob Dylan celebration

Duluth is marking the singer's 75th birthday with an exhibit of items, a tribute album and concert, and the unveiling of a plaque at Dylan's childhood home.
Beyoncé touches down at TCF Bank Stadium following her gutsiest play yet

Beyoncé touches down at TCF Bank Stadium following her gutsiest play yet

The two biggest music stories of the year happened just two days apart last month: Prince died, and Beyoncé came alive like never before. Her Formation Tour lands Monday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Art-a-Whirl 2016 music guide: Art and stuff and Bloodnstuff

Art-a-Whirl 2016 music guide: Art and stuff and Bloodnstuff

Art-a-Whirl is back this weekend, and it looks like a monstrous year. Here's a guide to the mad whir of live music offerings.
Summer Fun 2016: In defense of music fests

Summer Fun 2016: In defense of music fests

Despite a backlash, large-scale outdoor concerts still offer great entertainment value for Midwesterners.
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.
Never mind SXSW; here's Duluth's Homegrown Festival

Never mind SXSW; here's Duluth's Homegrown Festival

One night at the 18th annual music festival yielded 16 bands and one happy convert.
Never mind SXSW, here's Duluth's Homegrown Festival

Never mind SXSW, here's Duluth's Homegrown Festival

One night at the 16th annual music festival yielded 16 bands.
'Lights' singer Ellie Goulding lacks spark at Xcel Center

'Lights' singer Ellie Goulding lacks spark at Xcel Center

Review: The British electro-pop singer's first arena tour landed in St. Paul fresh from Coachella.
Flashback weekend at First Ave with Gear Daddies, Tina's B-Sides

Flashback weekend at First Ave with Gear Daddies, Tina's B-Sides

The popular late-'80s bands play First Ave on back-to-back nights after decades away.
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.
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