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Chris Riemenschneider

Columnist/Reporter | Local Music
phone: 612-673-4658
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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Def Leppard, Styx show how to rock at State Fair

Def Leppard, Styx show how to rock at State Fair

“Rock of Ages” took on new meaning in the first grandstand concert of the fair’s latest musical lineup.
First Avenue ready to rock again, plans to open Friday

First Avenue ready to rock again, plans to open Friday

The legendary club’s 45-year legacy resumes Friday night after three weeks of ceiling repairs.
5 reasons to care about Saturday's Totally Gross National Product party

5 reasons to care about Saturday's Totally Gross National Product party

There's plenty to chew on for Totally Gross National Product's latest mini-fest at Icehouse.
Tallest Man on Earth's Kristian Matsson on music, Midwesterners and breakups

Tallest Man on Earth's Kristian Matsson on music, Midwesterners and breakups

Tallest Man on Earth singer/songwriter Kristian Matsson has found good company in Midwest.
Live music venue to fly at MSP airport with Republic and McNally Smith

Live music venue to fly at MSP airport with Republic and McNally Smith

McNally Smith College of Music and the folks behind Republic bars won a bid Monday to co-pilot a pub with a permanent music stage inside Terminal 1 (Lindbergh) at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
First Ave's closure extended; more shows moved

First Ave's closure extended; more shows moved

After a thorough inspection, a decision was made Wednesday to replace the club’s entire main room ceiling instead of just fixing the 30-foot section that fell.
Deadmau5 closes out Summer Set festival with a trickle

Deadmau5 closes out Summer Set festival with a trickle

Hard-partying fans brushed off a weather evacuation in time to cut loose with Deadmau5.
Summer Set music fest weather suspension is suspended

Summer Set music fest weather suspension is suspended

After evacuating music fans, officials sound the all clear; show will go on.
First Avenue works to open main room after ceiling collapse

First Avenue works to open main room after ceiling collapse

Days after part of the ceiling collapsed, the club is reopening its Depot Tavern and the 7th Street Entry.
First Avenue cancels shows but is 'optimistic' about reopening soon

First Avenue cancels shows but is 'optimistic' about reopening soon

The next two nights of shows at First Avenue and its neighboring mini-club 7th Street Entry have been cancelled and a big Saturday night gig…
Black Market Brass gives Afrobeat a prairie home

Black Market Brass gives Afrobeat a prairie home

The 10-piece Black Market Brass has become an unlikely go-to summer party band in Minnesota.
Pizza Lucé's is still supreme among Twin Cities block parties

Pizza Lucé's is still supreme among Twin Cities block parties

Pizza Lucé's trendsetting bash returns Saturday for its third year downtown.

'The Real-Phonic Radio Hour' shelved at the J.J. Hill Library

Program loses funding, agreement at St. Paul site.
5 Seconds of Summer tries new direction for boy bands

5 Seconds of Summer tries new direction for boy bands

Review: The former 1D tour mates filled the X.
Vieux Carré revives an old St. Paul jazz haven with a new New Orleans twist

Vieux Carré revives an old St. Paul jazz haven with a new New Orleans twist

The Dakota has resurrected St. Paul's former Artists' Quarter space with a NOLA flavor.
Down a boy, One Direction ups its showmanship

Down a boy, One Direction ups its showmanship

REVIEW: Even without one of its key members, the band found a way to draw a big crowd and put on a show to match at TCF Bank Stadium.
Grab a spot: Full lineups for music and movies series at Lake Harriet, Loring Park

Grab a spot: Full lineups for music and movies series at Lake Harriet, Loring Park

Who’s playing and what’s showing in Lake Harriet, Loring Park music and movies series.
Minnesota Music Notes: Black Diet fattens up, Honeydogs reel in 'Years'

Minnesota Music Notes: Black Diet fattens up, Honeydogs reel in 'Years'

The soulful party band makes good on its buzz with its second album “The Good One.”
Twin Cities guitarist tested limits

Twin Cities guitarist tested limits

Justin Lowe of After the Burial, 32, died near a St. Croix River bridge.
Your friendly neighborhood extreme-metal band: After the Burial

Your friendly neighborhood extreme-metal band: After the Burial

One of the hardest-thrashing (and working) bands in town is a surprise entry in Saturday’s Pizza Lucé Block Party.
Eaux what a fest: Justin Vernon's hometown experiment pays off

Eaux what a fest: Justin Vernon's hometown experiment pays off

Eau Claire’s hometown music hero of Bon Iver fame pulled off an ambitious, unique music festival in Farmland, U.S.A.
Minnesota music notes: Sean Anonymous doubles up

Minnesota music notes: Sean Anonymous doubles up

Capping off a strong, well-earned showcase at Soundset in May and another packed birthday bash at First Ave in January, scrawny and wiry Minneapolis rapper Sean Anonymous will now settle in for two nights Friday and Saturday at 7th Street Entry.
Basilica Block Party split down the middle in 2015

Basilica Block Party split down the middle in 2015

The church fest’s 21st year saw distinct stages and dissimilar sets by Wilco and Weezer.
Justin Vernon among musicians producing music fests their own way

Justin Vernon among musicians producing music fests their own way

Justin Vernon’s Eaux Claires follows Soundset and Palomino as a fest started by the headliner.
Minnesota music notes: Valet returns, Vieux Carré debuts

Minnesota music notes: Valet returns, Vieux Carré debuts

Robin Kyle’s early-’00s unit has a new EP to tout at the Turf Club.
Jason Isbell talks new album, sobriety and parenthood ahead of Basilica Block Party

Jason Isbell talks new album, sobriety and parenthood ahead of Basilica Block Party

Former Drive-by Trucker says his new album is "from the perspective of a person who feels like they’re doing a lot better.”
Indigo summer: Amy Ray talks motherhood and fanboy Justin Vernon

Indigo summer: Amy Ray talks motherhood and fanboy Justin Vernon

Activist folk duo will return to the Minnesota Zoo before stepping out with huge fan Justin Vernon at Eaux Claires.
Rock's leading transgender singer talks Caitlyn Jenner, Miley Cyrus and Replacements

Rock's leading transgender singer talks Caitlyn Jenner, Miley Cyrus and Replacements

Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace has plenty to celebrate in Minneapolis this Independence Day.
Dave Matthews doubles up in marathon Xcel show

Dave Matthews doubles up in marathon Xcel show

Review: The ’90s hippie-rock favorite opened for himself and powered on for a 3 ½-hour marathon.
Best Minn. albums of 2015 (so far) are a varied bunch

Best Minn. albums of 2015 (so far) are a varied bunch

Two live albums, a "Voice" castoff and the "Voice" benefit record round out our annual midyear roundup of the best in Minnesota music.
My Morning Jacket tests Northrop's (and fans') limits

My Morning Jacket tests Northrop's (and fans') limits

The Kentucky rockers kicked off a two-night stand at Northrop with a jam-heavy two-hour set.
Dr. John makes day trip to the new Saints stadium in St. Paul

Dr. John makes day trip to the new Saints stadium in St. Paul

The famous Night Tripper christens St. Paul’s new ballpark after reworking Satchmo on record.
Minnesota's highwaymen: 6 days on road with Trampled by Turtles

Minnesota's highwaymen: 6 days on road with Trampled by Turtles

Payless gigs, cramped quarters, Tiny Desk Concerts and giant festivals. Trampled by Turtles gives us an intoxicating taste of the summer tour life.
Babes in Toyland raise the stakes at Rock the Garden

Babes in Toyland raise the stakes at Rock the Garden

Reunion of hometown heroes was one of several cool coups for the garden party at the Walker Art Center.
Thousands of sun-baked fans revel in Rock the Garden

Thousands of sun-baked fans revel in Rock the Garden

Walker Art Center’s two-day outdoor music festival Rock the Garden hasn’t lost its cool.
Let's break down the lineup for this weekend's Rock the Garden

Let's break down the lineup for this weekend's Rock the Garden

It’s the second year of Rock the Garden being a two-day event. It’s also the second year that tickets haven’t sold out in advance. Co-presented by Walker Art Center and 89.3 the Current to fuel their membership numbers, the event is thus no longer a members-only affair.
Mumford & Sons think big for small Iowa city's festival

Mumford & Sons think big for small Iowa city's festival

Mumford & Sons will double a college town’s population when the band stages a big festival next weekend.
Imagine Dragons have fresh sound, look at Xcel show

Imagine Dragons have fresh sound, look at Xcel show

Review: Las Vegas’ ‘Radioactive’ hitmakers finally had new songs to test in St. Paul.
Grand View Lodge, a historic Gull Lake getaway with many sides

Grand View Lodge, a historic Gull Lake getaway with many sides

We’ve gone to Grand View Lodge several times in summer and actually a few more times in winter and have yet to tire of it.
DJ Snuggles won't be boxed in during June residency at the Nomad

DJ Snuggles won't be boxed in during June residency at the Nomad

The frequent beatboxing champ will cozy up to the Cedar-Riverside bar this month.
Minnesota music notes: New ventures from Rich Mattson, Dave Simonett

Minnesota music notes: New ventures from Rich Mattson, Dave Simonett

The Ol’ Yeller leader debuts a new band as Trampled by Turtles’ frontman launches a new label.
Alabama Shakes stir it up on untested Hall's Island

Alabama Shakes stir it up on untested Hall's Island

Review: Saturday’s sold-out concert tested new sounds and a new site.
What songs will the Rolling Stones throw in at TCF Bank Stadium?

What songs will the Rolling Stones throw in at TCF Bank Stadium?

A guide to the rock legends’ Zip Code Tour set list ahead of their third stop, TCF Bank Stadium.
Alabama Shakes test limits, try out untested Mpls. concert site

Alabama Shakes test limits, try out untested Mpls. concert site

Saturday’s unusual Hall’s Island concert follows the band’s unexpected musical turn on its second album.
Lee's Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis to be sold to buyer who 'loves it as is'

Lee's Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis to be sold to buyer who 'loves it as is'

The famed downtown Minneapolis watering hole could change hands by mid-June, but not much else should change.
Soundset reigns supreme again at Canterbury Park

Soundset reigns supreme again at Canterbury Park

Another year of dreary weather did not spoil the big hip-hop party Sunday at Canterbury Park.
Ice Cube plays Soundset while prepping N.W.A. biopic

Ice Cube plays Soundset while prepping N.W.A. biopic

The hip-hop icon and movie star said of his performance at Sunday's festival at Canterbury Park, "School is in session."
Summer concerts: 10 shows to see, from Soundset to the Stones

Summer concerts: 10 shows to see, from Soundset to the Stones

From the Stones to Soundset and beyond, it’s a season bound to satisfy.
Summer concerts: 10 shows to see, from Soundset to the Stones

Summer concerts: 10 shows to see, from Soundset to the Stones

Our assessment of the 2015 summer concert season around the Twin Cities is there’s simply too much. Here’s a breakdown to help sort through it all.
Mystic Lake show confirms Willie Nelson is still rolling strong

Mystic Lake show confirms Willie Nelson is still rolling strong

Review: Saturday’s Mystic Lake casino concert was short and sweet, but far from rote.
Here's your live-music crib sheet for Art-a-Whirl 2015

Here's your live-music crib sheet for Art-a-Whirl 2015

For better or worse, Art-a-Whirl has turned into a small-scale, even more heavily bearded and beery version of Austin’s South by Southwest.
Remembering the Longhorn, 'Minneapolis' CBGB's'

Remembering the Longhorn, 'Minneapolis' CBGB's'

Regulars salute the long-shuttered punk bastion at First Avenue.
Review: Rush presses on, hits the right buttons at Xcel

Review: Rush presses on, hits the right buttons at Xcel

The Canadian rock vets at least went long during Tuesday’s concert.
Rush presses on, hits the right buttons at Xcel Center

Rush presses on, hits the right buttons at Xcel Center

Perhaps not long for the road, the Canadian rock vets at least went long during Tuesday’s concert.
A back-to-basics SXSW: The breakout acts, reboots and letdowns of 2015

A back-to-basics SXSW: The breakout acts, reboots and letdowns of 2015

With less corporate shilling and fewer big names, this year’s Austin megafest served to showcase worthy buzz acts like Courtney Barnett and Leon Bridges.
SXSW gives big props to Minnesota's Rhymesayers at 20

SXSW gives big props to Minnesota's Rhymesayers at 20

The label behind Atmosphere and Brother Ali was recognized as a pioneer of independent hip-hop.
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.
SXSW Soundcheck: The Blind Shake surf new turf

SXSW Soundcheck: The Blind Shake surf new turf

The beloved guitar blasters head into Are You Local? and SXSW fresh off their surf-rock tour with "Swami" John Reis.
Local music notes: Hippo Campus signs, Are You Local? reveals

Local music notes: Hippo Campus signs, Are You Local? reveals

The young TC rockers have signed with NYC’s Grand Jury ahead of South by Southwest.
Advertising rolls in at South by Southwest rock fest

Advertising rolls in at South by Southwest rock fest

Minnesota bands rolled into the Texas rock fest this week seeking out corporate advertising deals the way they used to hunt for record contracts.
Rock the Cause, Haley Bonar and Sonny Knight will step out at SXSW

Rock the Cause, Haley Bonar and Sonny Knight will step out at SXSW

The South by Southwest Music Conference is happening again next week in Austin, Texas — which means there’s a lot of music news this week in the Twin Cities related to the festival.
SXSW 2013: Chaos and choruses in Texas

SXSW 2013: Chaos and choruses in Texas

This year’s conference attendees had plenty of chances to sing along to familiar hits, and plenty of reasons to hit up new bands.
Bands, industry face the music: streaming is king

Bands, industry face the music: streaming is king

Pandora and Spotify are among the biggest rock stars at South by Southwest, earning mixed reviews from Minnesota musicians.
Foghat, Winger, P.O.D. to rock Taste of Minnesota 2015

Foghat, Winger, P.O.D. to rock Taste of Minnesota 2015

The festival returns to Waconia with a July 2 opener featuring the Gear Daddies and Suburbs.
Gear Daddies finally return to 'the club that made us'

Gear Daddies finally return to 'the club that made us'

Once regulars there, Martin Zellar and the band return to First Avenue after a 19-year hiatus.
Minnesota singers give a 'Voice' to sex trafficking victims

Minnesota singers give a 'Voice' to sex trafficking victims

Singers such as Robert Robinson, Chris Koza and Haley Bonar cut a vocals-only album to raise awareness and money to fight sex trafficking in Minnesota.
Minn. singers give a 'Voice' to sex-trafficking victims

Minn. singers give a 'Voice' to sex-trafficking victims

Singers such as Robert Robinson, Chris Koza and Haley Bonar cut a vocals-only album to raise awareness and money.
Review: New lineup, same Death Cab at Northrop

Review: New lineup, same Death Cab at Northrop

Frontman Ben Gibbard effectively led the new lineup at the Northrop.
Death Cab for Cutie at Northrop: Alive and well after makeover

Death Cab for Cutie at Northrop: Alive and well after makeover

Frontman Ben Gibbard effectively led the new lineup at the Northrop.
Charlie Parr's new course

Charlie Parr's new course

The one-of-a-kind Minnesota music hero finally has a team behind his new record.
Japanese punk duo the Birthday Suits are back

Japanese punk duo the Birthday Suits are back

Frontman Hideo Takahashi’s yearlong return to Japan put his duo the Birthday Suits on hold.
Review: Replacements roll on in rocky Chicago show

Review: Replacements roll on in rocky Chicago show

Minnesotans trekking to see the local heroes’ theater tour can’t expect perfection.
Replacements roll on in rocky Chicago theater show

Replacements roll on in rocky Chicago theater show

REVIEW: Minnesotans trekking to see the local heroes’ theater tour can’t expect perfection — not like last year’s Midway Stadium gig.
Birthday Suits are back in town

Birthday Suits are back in town

Frontman Hideo Takahashi’s yearlong return to Japan put his noise-punk duo on hold.
Minnesota music notes: A rocking potluck, Ronnie Buxtons' LP, more

Minnesota music notes: A rocking potluck, Ronnie Buxtons' LP, more

Minnesota Music Coalition has baked up quite a fundraiser, and more scene news.
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