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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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Minneapolis singer/songwriter Chastity Brown's album do-over pays off

Minneapolis singer/songwriter Chastity Brown's album do-over pays off

The Minneapolis folkie scrapped an entire record and lost her way, but wound up finding several new paths in the interim.
5 newcomers to watch at Soundset 2017, including Denzel Curry and Lil Uzi Vert

5 newcomers to watch at Soundset 2017, including Denzel Curry and Lil Uzi Vert

The nationally renowned festival once again delivers a promising batch of buzzing MCs.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Memory Lanes Block Party, Michael Kiwanuka, Regina Marie Williams

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Memory Lanes Block Party, Michael Kiwanuka, Regina Marie Williams

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali's new album finds 'Beauty' at an ugly time

Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali's new album finds 'Beauty' at an ugly time

The rapper trekked from Oakland to West Africa and even Iran on a spiritual journey that led him home for another album.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Tina & the B Sides at First Ave, Toki Wright at Nomad Pub

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Tina & the B Sides at First Ave, Toki Wright at Nomad Pub

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dies at 52 after hanging himself

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dies at 52 after hanging himself

Suicide is suspected in the unexpected death of the shrieking frontman, who performed just last weekend in western Wisconsin.
Chance the Rapper seizes his opportunity in first Minnesota arena concert

Chance the Rapper seizes his opportunity in first Minnesota arena concert

Chicago rapper drew a crowd based largely on streaming success.
Minnesota rocker Mary Bue recounts sexual assault in new song

Minnesota rocker Mary Bue recounts sexual assault in new song

Her first release as a Minneapolis resident opens up about a sexual assault.
7 reasons to love Chance the Rapper ahead of his sold-out Xcel Center concert

7 reasons to love Chance the Rapper ahead of his sold-out Xcel Center concert

Chance's ascent has gone somewhat unnoticed in mainstream circles because most of his success as a recording artist has been through streaming, not album sales.
Concerts of the week: Black Angels at First Ave; metalheads flock to Northern Invasion

Concerts of the week: Black Angels at First Ave; metalheads flock to Northern Invasion

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Guitarist and songwriter Lonnie Knight, who kept gigging through cancer, dies at 68

Guitarist and songwriter Lonnie Knight, who kept gigging through cancer, dies at 68

His five decades of Twin Cities gigs included stints with Sound 80 studio, the Hoopsnakes and Mary Jane Alm.
Stevie Wonder, Wilco bring message of unity to New Orleans Jazz Fest

Stevie Wonder, Wilco bring message of unity to New Orleans Jazz Fest

Last weekend's 48th annual bash in New Orleans carried sunny vibes amid topical performances.
Mpls. label Forged Artifacts digs up many hidden gems on 18-track compilation

Mpls. label Forged Artifacts digs up many hidden gems on 18-track compilation

The label's new compilation is a doozy, with acts including Tony Peachka and Ahem.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: The XX, Hurray for the Riff Raff

Twin Cities concerts of the week: The XX, Hurray for the Riff Raff

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Minneapolis' legendary Twin/Tone Records comes back to life for Suicide Commandos

Minneapolis' legendary Twin/Tone Records comes back to life for Suicide Commandos

The beloved Minneapolis label came out of retirement to help issue the Commandos' new album.
Highlights from Prince memorial weekend, and advice for future years

Highlights from Prince memorial weekend, and advice for future years

This past week's tributes — from the big-buck Celebration at Paisley Park to the street party outside First Avenue and everything in between — made for a great and fitting start to keeping Prince's legacy alive.
From reissues to reunions: What Prince fans can look forward to this year

From reissues to reunions: What Prince fans can look forward to this year

A "Purple Rain" expanded reissue is among the highlights for fans who want to continue celebrating him.
New vinyl, live music: A complete guide to Record Store Day in Twin Cities

New vinyl, live music: A complete guide to Record Store Day in Twin Cities

Highlights include new releases by the Suburbs and Prince, plus plenty of free in-store concerts.
Old-school Twin Cities shops defy the trends on Record Store Day 2017

Old-school Twin Cities shops defy the trends on Record Store Day 2017

As Record Store Day returns Saturday, old standby shops like Know Name and Down in the Valley enjoy the trend without being trendy.
Prince's hometown struggles with loss still felt a year after death

Prince's hometown struggles with loss still felt a year after death

In the past 365 days, eye-popping murals, 24-hour radio marathons and a flurry of homegrown tributes have tried to fill the void.
Paisley Park's Prince party kicks off with live music, inside stories

Paisley Park's Prince party kicks off with live music, inside stories

About 2,000 ardent fans attended the $500-to-$1,000-per-ticket affair.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Magnetic Fields at the Fitz, Cornbread Harris at Hook & Ladder

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Magnetic Fields at the Fitz, Cornbread Harris at Hook & Ladder

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Floodgates are about to open on Prince's career after death

Floodgates are about to open on Prince's career after death

A year after he died, Prince has a lucrative second career taking off. The industry moguls he despised are calling the shots — and his wishes don't apply.
Paisley Park takes center stage for Prince anniversary

Paisley Park takes center stage for Prince anniversary

When they first entered Paisley Park last summer, Joel Weinshanker and his crew from Graceland saw that Prince's elaborate, 65,000-square-foot studio and part-time home in Chanhassen was in disrepair.
You don't have to be rich! Your guide to Prince anniversary events in Minnesota

You don't have to be rich! Your guide to Prince anniversary events in Minnesota

A guide to this week's tributes to the hometown icon on (and around) the anniversary of his death.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Stnnng, John Mayer, Bob Mould, Zombies and more

Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Stnnng, John Mayer, Bob Mould, Zombies and more

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
What's old is Wu again: Jam band celebrates 25th anniversary at First Ave

What's old is Wu again: Jam band celebrates 25th anniversary at First Ave

Friday's concert will include many guests (mostly guitarists) and coincides with a new documentary on the Minnesota vets, who originated from Northfield.
St. Paul's mainstay R&B club Arnellia's to close as owner fights cancer

St. Paul's mainstay R&B club Arnellia's to close as owner fights cancer

A four-day finale will be held April 27-30 as the bar's owner undergoes chemotherapy.
Don't call Chris Brown's Xcel Center show a comeback

Don't call Chris Brown's Xcel Center show a comeback

The troubled R&B singer put on a big, dazzling show to a half-empty arena.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Chris Brown at Xcel, Tift Merritt at the Cedar

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Chris Brown at Xcel, Tift Merritt at the Cedar

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Musicians affected by new U.S. travel ban vow to play on

Musicians affected by new U.S. travel ban vow to play on

A Somali singer visiting Minnesota and others from Muslim countries believe their music is more important now than ever.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lil Wayne at Target Center, Green Day at the Xcel

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lil Wayne at Target Center, Green Day at the Xcel

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Bon Jovi builds a new 'House' in sold-out Xcel Center marathon

Bon Jovi builds a new 'House' in sold-out Xcel Center marathon

Review: With its ever-charismatic frontman, the '80s band got past recent lineup changes in concert at Xcel Energy Center.
Danish music innovator Agnes Obel heads to the Cedar fresh off SXSW

Danish music innovator Agnes Obel heads to the Cedar fresh off SXSW

Classically trained Agnes Obel hits Minnesota fresh off an unlikely run at the SXSW fest.
DJ Keezy heads up an all-woman hip-hop party Saturday night at First Ave

DJ Keezy heads up an all-woman hip-hop party Saturday night at First Ave

The third installment of DJ Keezy's all-woman event includes Bdot Croc, Sarah White and Lady Midnight.
Critic picks from SXSW: 15 best acts from five days of music and mayhem

Critic picks from SXSW: 15 best acts from five days of music and mayhem

Austin's mega-sized festival is tamer nowadays, but no less a place to discover new artists.
How did Gaelynn Lea, other Minnesota newcomers fare at SXSW music fest?

How did Gaelynn Lea, other Minnesota newcomers fare at SXSW music fest?

First-timers share their experiences, and other postcards from Austin's mega-conference.
Austin's SXSW turns purple on St. Paddy's Day with Prince tributes

Austin's SXSW turns purple on St. Paddy's Day with Prince tributes

The mega-fest featured an outdoor concert and two panels in his memory Friday, when Garth Brooks pulled a Prince and played a surprise set.
Music is all about mobile at South by Southwest

Music is all about mobile at South by Southwest

Always on the lookout for the next big thing in music, industry professionals at the Texas conference in 2017 are focused on mobile devices.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Joe Bonamassa at the Orpheum, P.O.S. at First Ave

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Joe Bonamassa at the Orpheum, P.O.S. at First Ave

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Spoon helps bring Austin's SXSW festival back to its roots

Spoon helps bring Austin's SXSW festival back to its roots

The hometown heroes kicked off a residency Tuesday that harked back to the early days of the Austin mega-fest.
St. Paul's Palace Theatre feels like a second First Ave

St. Paul's Palace Theatre feels like a second First Ave

During this weekend's three opening concerts, St. Paul's reborn historic theater already felt familiar and fine-tuned.
Twin Cities band Hippo Campus grows into its new 'Landmark' album

Twin Cities band Hippo Campus grows into its new 'Landmark' album

After a whirlwind run straight out of high school, the members of Hippo Campus caught their breath and got serious for their debut LP. And now they're having fun again.
New York's Knitting Factory to take the reins of Myth nightclub in Maplewood

New York's Knitting Factory to take the reins of Myth nightclub in Maplewood

The suburban Twin Cities mega-club will now be booked as a Knitting Factory venue.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lake Street Dive at First Ave, Tabah at the Turf Club

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lake Street Dive at First Ave, Tabah at the Turf Club

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Twin Cities' largest music festival announces lineup of Travis Scott, Lauryn Hill, T.I.

Twin Cities' largest music festival announces lineup of Travis Scott, Lauryn Hill, T.I.

Rhymesayers' 10th annual hip-hop marathon returns to the fairgrounds May 28 with local acts including Atmosphere, Brother Ali and the Stand4rd.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett at the State, Destiny Roberts at the Southern

Twin Cities concerts of the week: John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett at the State, Destiny Roberts at the Southern

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Jack Brass Band is blowing up Mardi Gras in Minnesota

Jack Brass Band is blowing up Mardi Gras in Minnesota

The eight-man ensemble has the NOLA street cred to be Fat Tuesday ambassadors.
Meet the Delano-raised R&B/pop singer who won our Are You Local? contest

Meet the Delano-raised R&B/pop singer who won our Are You Local? contest

Never mind the jet lag. R&B/pop singer Nick Jordan won our Are You Local? contest with a high-energy set.
Prince's music racks up 3.7M streams in one day after catalog released

Prince's music racks up 3.7M streams in one day after catalog released

Prince fans worldwide are partying like it's 2017, not 1999, now that his heyday music catalog is available on all major streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Slimabration at Hook & Ladder, Pert Near Sandstone at the Cedar

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Slimabration at Hook & Ladder, Pert Near Sandstone at the Cedar

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Minnesota music legends the Suburbs preview new album Friday at First Avenue

Minnesota music legends the Suburbs preview new album Friday at First Avenue

"We're ready to kick off what I think is going to be another great run for this band," the Suburbs frontman said.
Jazz singer Al Jarreau dies; spent formative time in Minneapolis

Jazz singer Al Jarreau dies; spent formative time in Minneapolis

Grammy-winning jazz vocalist wrote his first songs in Minnesota.
Grammy moment opens the door for a flood of Prince music

Grammy moment opens the door for a flood of Prince music

His music will become more widely available as his estate moves forward.
Paisley Park alums put $25,000 jacket and more Prince items up for auction

Paisley Park alums put $25,000 jacket and more Prince items up for auction

The online auction features 119 items, including personal wardrobe and letters, that sat in ex-employees' storage for decades.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Ratt at Treasure Island, Poliça & Spank Rock at First Avenue

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Ratt at Treasure Island, Poliça & Spank Rock at First Avenue

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Trampled by Turtles' Dave Simonett goes it alone with new solo album

Trampled by Turtles' Dave Simonett goes it alone with new solo album

Simonett tried to write a happier solo record after his marriage ended and his regular band went on extended hiatus. It didn't work out.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Dawes and Ladysmith Black Mambazo play concerts at State Theatre

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Dawes and Ladysmith Black Mambazo play concerts at State Theatre

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Minneapolis band Romantica sees the light with 'Shadowlands,' its first album in nine years

Minneapolis band Romantica sees the light with 'Shadowlands,' its first album in nine years

After nine up and down years, Ben Kyle finally finished his band's overdue follow-up album.
Prince's music may soon be unlocked on Spotify, other streaming services

Prince's music may soon be unlocked on Spotify, other streaming services

Subway ads and industry reports suggest a deal has been struck to make his classic albums widely available online again.
The party goes on for 89.3 the Current, despite current events

The party goes on for 89.3 the Current, despite current events

Jeremy Messersmith, Haley Bonar and more raised their voices along with their glasses at First Avenue.
Tired of noisy rock clubs? New Mpls. 'listening rooms' thrive on intimacy

Tired of noisy rock clubs? New Mpls. 'listening rooms' thrive on intimacy

The Warming House, Hook & Ladder and River Room cater to music fans who want to hear.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: 50 Cent at Myth, Winter Jazz Festival remembers DJ Leigh Kamman

Twin Cities concerts of the week: 50 Cent at Myth, Winter Jazz Festival remembers DJ Leigh Kamman

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers find their groove again

Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers find their groove again

A newish guitarist and old favorites sparked Saturday's sold-out Target Center gig.
Local music notes: Jon Wayne & the Pain celebrates feel-good album

Local music notes: Jon Wayne & the Pain celebrates feel-good album

The reggae-tinged rockers' First Avenue gig Saturday is next door to another release party by Tyte Jeff.
Review: Lumineers' arena show not their 'Hey' day

Review: Lumineers' arena show not their 'Hey' day

Review: The folky trio's first arena tour landed with high spirits at Target Center.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Red Hot Chili Peppers at Target Center, Hoopsnakes reunite for a cancer benefit

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Red Hot Chili Peppers at Target Center, Hoopsnakes reunite for a cancer benefit

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows this week.
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.
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