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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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Imagine Dragons to play Armory during Super Bowl week

Imagine Dragons to play Armory during Super Bowl week

Scheduled Feb. 1, the anthemic Las Vegas rockers also performed in Minneapolis before the MLB All-Star Game in 2014.
Hennepin County Library offers new download, streaming service

Hennepin County Library offers new download, streaming service

Hennepin County Library's MnSpin service offers free downloads of 53 local music acts.
Taylor Swift's fans riled by ticket program for U.S. Bank Stadium concert

Taylor Swift's fans riled by ticket program for U.S. Bank Stadium concert

Some fans who "boost­ed" their chan­ces for bet­ter seats got stick­er shock.
Singer for veteran St. Paul R&B group Mint Condition cuts loose with solo project

Singer for veteran St. Paul R&B group Mint Condition cuts loose with solo project

After 30 years fronting St. Paul's esteemed R&B band, Mint Condition's frontman is on a solo kick he calls "a liberation in more ways than one."
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Mark Olson, Reina del Cid, Curtiss A's John Lennon Tribute

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Mark Olson, Reina del Cid, Curtiss A's John Lennon Tribute

Big gigs for the week of Dec. 8-14, also including Kellis, Drivin' n' Cryin,' Nachito Herrera and a Replacements tribute.
KDWB Jingle Ball whizzes by with Kesha, Liam Payne among standouts

KDWB Jingle Ball whizzes by with Kesha, Liam Payne among standouts

REVIEW: Hunky boys filled the KDWB holiday lineup, but the women deserved loudest screams.
Minn. Orchestra trumpeter storms off stage in protest of performer's GOP comments

Minn. Orchestra trumpeter storms off stage in protest of performer's GOP comments

Manny Laureano said he found Rufus Wainwright's anti-GOP comments "self-indulgent."
New Standards have a ball again even without holiday jingles

New Standards have a ball again even without holiday jingles

Review: Love songs, not yuletide classics, filled the weekend's all-star holiday concerts.
A 'very Minnesota' Super Bowl Live lineup announced for free concerts on mall

A 'very Minnesota' Super Bowl Live lineup announced for free concerts on mall

Music marathon to cast spotlight on dynamic Minnesota music scene.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Katy Perry, New Standards, Lennon tribute

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Katy Perry, New Standards, Lennon tribute

Big gigs for the week of Dec. 1-8, also including Run the Jewels, Rufus Wainwright, Lindsey Stirling and the Staves with yMusic.
Stillwater teen joins Jingle Ball 2017 lineup in boy band Why Don't We

Stillwater teen joins Jingle Ball 2017 lineup in boy band Why Don't We

Jonah Marais will sing with his boy band Why Don't We at Monday's Jingle Ball, after many years of watching from the crowd.
Charlie Puth, Fall Out Boy, Kesha round out KDWB's 2017 Jingle Ball lineup

Charlie Puth, Fall Out Boy, Kesha round out KDWB's 2017 Jingle Ball lineup

Two of the One Direction lads, Kesha, Charlie Puth and newcomers round out the lineup.
21 Minnesota music acts to book for big-bucks Super Bowl parties

21 Minnesota music acts to book for big-bucks Super Bowl parties

We figure the big promoters coming into town could use some advice about our homegrown talent. From local legends to hot newcomers, here's our entertainment picks.

New low-watt south Minneapolis radio station 'like a walk through the neighborhood'

Programming on KRSM Southside Media Project (98.9 FM) will be as diverse as its community.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Cactus Blossoms, A Perfect Circle, Leo Kottke and more

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Cactus Blossoms, A Perfect Circle, Leo Kottke and more

The big gigs for Nov. 24-30, also including Melissa Manchester, Thomas Rhett and a memorial for American Head Charge bassist.
Musicians, fans cram Triple Rock for punk haven's final blowout

Musicians, fans cram Triple Rock for punk haven's final blowout

Musicians and fans filled the West Bank punk haven as it ended its 19-year run.
Twin Cities music notes: Erik Koskinen reflects on loss in 'Paradise'

Twin Cities music notes: Erik Koskinen reflects on loss in 'Paradise'

The countryman channels a hero and a rough year on his new EP. Also: Joey Van Phillips steps out front.
St. Vincent delivers a one-woman 'Masseduction' in St. Paul

St. Vincent delivers a one-woman 'Masseduction' in St. Paul

REVIEW: Annie Clark brought innovative visuals and solid pop songs to the Palace.
Wilco's emotional three-night farewell adds to the Palace's luster

Wilco's emotional three-night farewell adds to the Palace's luster

REVIEW: Already a familiar presence locally, Jeff Tweedy's band opened up over three momentous nights at St. Paul's new music hub.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: St. Vincent, Halsey, Liam Gallagher, Black Violin

Twin Cities concerts of the week: St. Vincent, Halsey, Liam Gallagher, Black Violin

The big gigs for Nov. 17-23, also including Ike Reilly, Noname and Tower of Power.
Pared-down Doomtree group debuts new album ahead of St. Paul concert

Pared-down Doomtree group debuts new album ahead of St. Paul concert

Offshoot quartet Shredders dropped an LP ahead of the crew's first local show of 2018.
Super Bowl planner reshapes VIP party scene in Minnesota

Super Bowl planner reshapes VIP party scene in Minnesota

Jack Murphy's ambitious party plans could have a lasting effect on the Twin Cities nightlife scene.
LCD Soundsystem finds its groove again in buoyant Wilkins concert

LCD Soundsystem finds its groove again in buoyant Wilkins concert

Droll frontman James Murphy and his tight dance-rock octet rebounded from a seven-year lull.
St. Paul folk label Red House Records sold to a Nashville company

St. Paul folk label Red House Records sold to a Nashville company

The imprint that houses John Gorka and Charlie Parr will live on but the offices will close after nearly 35 years.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: LCD Soundsystem, Tegan & Sara, Kid Cudi, Kamasi Washington

Twin Cities concerts of the week: LCD Soundsystem, Tegan & Sara, Kid Cudi, Kamasi Washington

The big gigs from Nov. 3-9, also including Kirk Franklin, Beach Slang and (gulp!) Gwar.
Hüsker Dü box set finally puts Minnesota trio's basement tapes to good use

Hüsker Dü box set finally puts Minnesota trio's basement tapes to good use

The new box set, "Savage Young Dü," was years in the making and came a few months too late for one of the band members.
Minnesota expat and her Nashville band Bully have another winning record with 'Losing'

Minnesota expat and her Nashville band Bully have another winning record with 'Losing'

Minnesota native Alicia Bognanno and her stormy band return with a buzzing new album.
Review: Arcade Fire goes for a knockout at the X

Review: Arcade Fire goes for a knockout at the X

The Canadian rock troupe drew only a modest crowd but came out swinging in the middle of an actual boxing ring.
Prince tribute, and maybe Janet Jackson, in works for Super Bowl Live series

Prince tribute, and maybe Janet Jackson, in works for Super Bowl Live series

The pop mega-producers discussed their plans for the free outdoor concerts as organizers unveiled the look and layout.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Arcade Fire, Charlie Parr, Habib Koite and a yacht-rock icon

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Arcade Fire, Charlie Parr, Habib Koite and a yacht-rock icon

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Kenny Chesney's crew visits U.S. Bank Stadium to try to improve acoustics

Kenny Chesney's crew visits U.S. Bank Stadium to try to improve acoustics

The country singer's team says it can "make the experience much better" in time for his May 5 concert.
Indie-rock pals Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile pair up for St. Paul concert

Indie-rock pals Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile pair up for St. Paul concert

The Australian and Philadelphian partners talk country duets and writer's block at the start of their joint tour.
Tribute to Triple Rock: It always did the job, now it's time for payback

Tribute to Triple Rock: It always did the job, now it's time for payback

Let's make the final month of the West Bank club as vibrant as the last 14 years.
Dylan and Mavis Staples: Tour together was a long time coming

Dylan and Mavis Staples: Tour together was a long time coming

These '60s folk and civil rights veterans (and former sweethearts) have been on similar wavelengths for six decades.
Kings of Leon regroup at X with help from another band of brothers

Kings of Leon regroup at X with help from another band of brothers

Review: The Followill brothers played full tilt despite a half-full arena with openers Dawes.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Trombone Shorty, Fall Out Boy, Irma Thomas

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Trombone Shorty, Fall Out Boy, Irma Thomas

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Imagine Dragons pick up steam in sold-out Xcel show

Imagine Dragons pick up steam in sold-out Xcel show

New tunes and heartfelt tributes gave the Vegas rockers more depth.
Queens of the Stone Age outblasts the din at Wilkins

Queens of the Stone Age outblasts the din at Wilkins

Review: Josh Homme circumvented a tragic year and a bad venue with an aggressive, full-volume love-in.
Best weekly jam in Minneapolis has endured 30 years (and much more)

Best weekly jam in Minneapolis has endured 30 years (and much more)

If they were good enough for Prince, the weekly Dr. Mambo's Combo gigs should be good enough to last a few more decades.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Paul Weller, Zombie Pub Crawl, Imagine Dragons, the War on Drugs

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Paul Weller, Zombie Pub Crawl, Imagine Dragons, the War on Drugs

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Twin Cities music notes: Benefit gigs flood the clubs

Twin Cities music notes: Benefit gigs flood the clubs

Local musicians pitch in to help with Texas and Puerto Rico disasters.
It's time to unplug the worst concert venue in the Twin Cities

It's time to unplug the worst concert venue in the Twin Cities

With a sudden influx of shows this fall, it's officially time to ask concert promoters to put St. Paul's oldest and cruddiest venue out to pasture.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias, Rodriguez, Chris Stapleton

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias, Rodriguez, Chris Stapleton

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Rock legend Tom Petty dies from heart attack at 66 after confusing reports

Rock legend Tom Petty dies from heart attack at 66 after confusing reports

His death was widely reported but then retracted Monday afternoon, as he reportedly lingered on life support following a heart attack. He was officially pronounced dead Monday night.
First Replacements live album defies Minneapolis band's bad reputation

First Replacements live album defies Minneapolis band's bad reputation

Recorded in 1986, "Live at Maxwell's" captures the band's original lineup before things really got messy.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Weeknd, Jimmy Webb, Glass Animals, Black Sabbath tributes

Twin Cities concerts of the week: The Weeknd, Jimmy Webb, Glass Animals, Black Sabbath tributes

Also spotlights on Wynton Marsalis, Black Uhuru, SurlyFest, Joseph, Lavender Country, Dale Watson and more.
Songwriter Dan Wilson covers his 'Re-Covered' hits with Adele, Dixie Chicks, Taylor Swift

Songwriter Dan Wilson covers his 'Re-Covered' hits with Adele, Dixie Chicks, Taylor Swift

A song-by-song guide to the Semisonic frontman's newly rerecorded collaborations with Adele, Dixie Chicks, Taylor Swift and more.
Babes in Toyland return by request

Babes in Toyland return by request

Dave Grohl called on the Minneapolis trio, sparking Friday's hometown show.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Spoon, Thundercat, Gorillaz, Rhiannon Giddens

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Spoon, Thundercat, Gorillaz, Rhiannon Giddens

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Kiss members reunite in all-star concert to send hurricane relief from St. Paul

Kiss members reunite in all-star concert to send hurricane relief from St. Paul

Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley performed together for the first time in 16 years, capping a night with other Hall of Famers for the Children Matter concert.
Spoon cools off over two nights at Palace touting 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon cools off over two nights at Palace touting 'Hot Thoughts'

REVIEW: Britt Daniel set down his guitar often and vamped it in St. Paul.
Our critic's tribute to Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart: 'One of my greatest music heroes'

Our critic's tribute to Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart: 'One of my greatest music heroes'

The late Hüsker Dü co-leader Grant Hart was one of Minnesota's most approachable, intelligent and challenging rock legends.
Minnesota songwriter Actual Wolf comes home with liberated 'Faded Days' album

Minnesota songwriter Actual Wolf comes home with liberated 'Faded Days' album

Moving to California to work for a marijuana dispensary afforded Eric Pollard his music career.
Grant Hart, co-leader of influential punk band Hüsker Dü, dies at 56

Grant Hart, co-leader of influential punk band Hüsker Dü, dies at 56

The singer/drummer for Twin Cities trio Hüsker Dü influenced Nirvana and the Pixies with his melodic punk.
Musicians remember Hüsker Dü co-leader Grant Hart

Musicians remember Hüsker Dü co-leader Grant Hart

Ryan Adams, Craig Finn and more paid tribute via Twitter and other social media.
Notes on Minn. music scene: Prairie Burn Fest lights up again, and so will Semisonic

Notes on Minn. music scene: Prairie Burn Fest lights up again, and so will Semisonic

Cloud Cult headlines Saturday's outdoor party to fund YMCA camp scholarships.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: U2 revisits 'The Joshua Tree,' Joan Osborne sings Dylan

Twin Cities concerts of the week: U2 revisits 'The Joshua Tree,' Joan Osborne sings Dylan

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
U2 brings 'Joshua Tree' back to Minnesota with new relevance for 2017

U2 brings 'Joshua Tree' back to Minnesota with new relevance for 2017

The Irish band's ode to America endures 30 years later, and it might be even more powerful now.
All's fair in Garrison Keillor's farewell at the grandstand

All's fair in Garrison Keillor's farewell at the grandstand

The State Fair performance venue has been a home away from "Prairie Home" for the semi-retired radio host.
Last seen with Roger Waters, Lucius' singers return to Minnesota for another grand gig

Last seen with Roger Waters, Lucius' singers return to Minnesota for another grand gig

Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig take a break from Roger Waters' tour for another in a series of memorable Minnesota gigs.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Alex Williams at Pourhouse, JD McPherson at the Star Fair

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Alex Williams at Pourhouse, JD McPherson at the Star Fair

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
U2 replants 'Joshua Tree' over two nights at Chicago's Soldier Field

U2 replants 'Joshua Tree' over two nights at Chicago's Soldier Field

Rumors of an upcoming Minneapolis date added to the buzz around the first Midwest stop on the mass-scale tour.
Toby Keith gets wacky but not political with 3 Doors Down at State Fair

Toby Keith gets wacky but not political with 3 Doors Down at State Fair

The country star and rockers 3 Doors Down each avoided politics at the grandstand.
Stevie Nicks' fair debut cut short by weather

Stevie Nicks' fair debut cut short by weather

The Fleetwood Mac vet mostly stuck to solo material again.
Review: Nickelback reminds fairgoers how lowbrow it can go in grandstand show

Review: Nickelback reminds fairgoers how lowbrow it can go in grandstand show

Like dudes at the midway arcade games yelling out challenges to passersby, both opening act Daughtry and Nickelback made it seem like their biggest job of the night was to sell loads and loads of alcohol.
John Legend surprises kids at Fine Line in Minneapolis

John Legend surprises kids at Fine Line in Minneapolis

He showed up at Big Brothers Big Sisters event to encourage youthful dreams of success.
Kendrick Lamar proves he's worth the wait, and the hype

Kendrick Lamar proves he's worth the wait, and the hype

Review: The L.A. rapper who sold out Xcel Energy Center showed he's a dynamo of a live performer.
Beck's sold-out Palace show suggests nostalgia is where it's at

Beck's sold-out Palace show suggests nostalgia is where it's at

The '90s alterna-hero largely looked back in his first Twin Cities show in nine years.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, Lady Gaga

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, Lady Gaga

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Khalid talks cellphone romance, Lorde and Minnesota's Spooky Black

Khalid talks cellphone romance, Lorde and Minnesota's Spooky Black

Texas R&B singer Khalid, 19, dishes on cellphone romances, Lorde and his favorite young Minnesota artist ahead of his sold-out Myth concert.
Twin Cities music notes: Newcomer Lena Elizabeth shines, kids-music hero Justin Roberts celebrates

Twin Cities music notes: Newcomer Lena Elizabeth shines, kids-music hero Justin Roberts celebrates

The Minneapolis singer backed up her songs with help from a big uke.
Prince lights up his old Minneapolis neighborhood again – this time for real

Prince lights up his old Minneapolis neighborhood again – this time for real

Electric utility boxes near the singer's old schools have been decorated with his royal likeness.
Walker Art Center recruits a familiar Gayng to make sounds for silent movies

Walker Art Center recruits a familiar Gayng to make sounds for silent movies

Ryan Olson leads another all-star cast to provide music for movies at the Walker.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Ozzy Osbourne, Pizza Lucé party, Beck

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Ozzy Osbourne, Pizza Lucé party, Beck

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Minnesota mainstays the Suburbs, Dan Wilson turn to fans to fund new albums

Minnesota mainstays the Suburbs, Dan Wilson turn to fans to fund new albums

The Suburbs, Dan Wilson and other veteran acts turn to crowdfunding in lieu of the record-label system of old.
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