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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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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.
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.
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.
Twin Cities musicians Nick Jordan, Har Mar Superstar groove to new EPs

Twin Cities musicians Nick Jordan, Har Mar Superstar groove to new EPs

The winner of Are You Local? hits the Entry on Friday.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Bryan Ferry, Shawn Mendes, HazelFest

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Bryan Ferry, Shawn Mendes, HazelFest

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Guns N' Roses fill a tall order despite U.S. Bank Stadium's shortcomings

Guns N' Roses fill a tall order despite U.S. Bank Stadium's shortcomings

Review: Ending years of animosity, Axl Rose and his old band took Minneapolis' new football stadium for its third test run as a concert venue.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: André Cymone at Turf Club, Wiz Khalifa at downtown Minneapolis block party

Twin Cities concerts of the week: André Cymone at Turf Club, Wiz Khalifa at downtown Minneapolis block party

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Why Sunday's Guns N' Roses stadium concert is one of the year's biggest rock shows

Why Sunday's Guns N' Roses stadium concert is one of the year's biggest rock shows

Five reasons Minnesota rock fans are psyched for this reunion tour.
How Minneapolis became a 'must-play market' for stadium rock tours

How Minneapolis became a 'must-play market' for stadium rock tours

This weekend's Guns N' Roses and Billy Joel gigs kick off the busiest stretch yet as the Twin Cities now attracts the biggest tours.
Roger Waters and his pig return to the X with a seething show

Roger Waters and his pig return to the X with a seething show

Pink Floyd's guiding light got political, visual and deep in to his song catalog.
Bon Iver gambles 'A Million' to top off an otherwise lively Rock the Garden

Bon Iver gambles 'A Million' to top off an otherwise lively Rock the Garden

Justin Vernon, the Revolution mixed moods Saturday at Walker Art Center's annual fest.
Bon Iver gambles 'A Million' to top off an otherwise lively Rock the Garden

Bon Iver gambles 'A Million' to top off an otherwise lively Rock the Garden

Justin Vernon, the Revolution mixed moods Saturday at Walker Art Center's annual fest.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Roger Waters at Xcel, Lowertown Blues Festival

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Roger Waters at Xcel, Lowertown Blues Festival

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Jayhawks co-founder Caleb Palmiter dies at 53

Jayhawks co-founder Caleb Palmiter dies at 53

For many, he was one of the Twin Cities music scene's great unsung forces.
Rock the Garden star Benjamin Booker talks racism, gun violence and Bon Iver

Rock the Garden star Benjamin Booker talks racism, gun violence and Bon Iver

How gun violence, Mexico City and Mavis Staples shaped the Southern rocker's new album.
Seattle rock legend Buzz Osborne of the Melvins relishes his Minneapolis ties

Seattle rock legend Buzz Osborne of the Melvins relishes his Minneapolis ties

The hero of the Seattle underground scene talks Chris Cornell, Mudhoney and his favorite Minneapolitan ahead of Saturday's Bash 17.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kiss at Grand Casino Hinckley, Flume at the X Games

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kiss at Grand Casino Hinckley, Flume at the X Games

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
At X Games Minneapolis, concerts are 'a big part of the culture'

At X Games Minneapolis, concerts are 'a big part of the culture'

A Day to Remember, Flume and hometown faves Atmosphere will perform post-competitions.
Jason Isbell spotlights new tunes, seasoned band in heavy Palace concert

Jason Isbell spotlights new tunes, seasoned band in heavy Palace concert

Review: Friday's sold-out concert eschewed older material for a loud, energetic reboot.
Rocking the Dockside: New concert series hits Como Lake's great old pavilion

Rocking the Dockside: New concert series hits Como Lake's great old pavilion

The popular Big Pink "Last Waltz" tribute hits St. Paul's newest music venue Saturday after last week's kickoff concert.
Ed Sheeran entertains 15,000 fans, 2 marriage proposals in sold-out X show

Ed Sheeran entertains 15,000 fans, 2 marriage proposals in sold-out X show

The British folk-pop star was too wed to his one-man-band concept at Xcel Center.
Minnesota's best albums of the year (so far): Chastity Brown, Romantica, Brother Ali, Lady Midnight

Minnesota's best albums of the year (so far): Chastity Brown, Romantica, Brother Ali, Lady Midnight

This year's list includes several artists who saw their patience pay off.
Twin Cities utility player takes center stage in R&B band Nooky Jones

Twin Cities utility player takes center stage in R&B band Nooky Jones

Twin Cities journeyman Cameron Kinghorn has been ubiquitous on stage, but finally takes the spotlight with his R&B group.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: B-52's at Minnesota Zoo, Bleachers at Go Fest

Twin Cities concerts of the week: B-52's at Minnesota Zoo, Bleachers at Go Fest

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Summit Brewing's McConn talks about the secret science of beer making

Summit Brewing's McConn talks about the secret science of beer making

Summit's head brewer, Damian McConn, came from Ireland to help usher in the Twin Cities beer craze, which even he admits is reaching its limits now.
Remembering Twin Cities soul singer Sonny Knight, who found fame in his 60s

Remembering Twin Cities soul singer Sonny Knight, who found fame in his 60s

Making it to 69 is indeed a pretty good run. It nonetheless felt like Sonny Knight was taken from us too soon. But that's on us for not discovering him sooner.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: En Vogue at Pride, Dale Watson & Asleep at the Wheel at the zoo

Twin Cities concerts of the week: En Vogue at Pride, Dale Watson & Asleep at the Wheel at the zoo

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Minnesota soul singer Sonny Knight's second act cut short by cancer at 69

Minnesota soul singer Sonny Knight's second act cut short by cancer at 69

The 1960s singer and Vietnam veteran enjoyed a career revival with the Lakers in his 60s.
Eaux Claires festival's third year marked by rain and pain

Eaux Claires festival's third year marked by rain and pain

REVIEW: Paul Simon, Wilco and Feist didn't let bad weather bring them down on Day 2 of the fest.
Iron Maiden shows no rust after 16-year wait between Twin Cities gigs

Iron Maiden shows no rust after 16-year wait between Twin Cities gigs

REVIEW: The British metal heroes packed the Xcel Center and didn't resort to oldies.
5 interesting twists at Justin Vernon's third annual Eaux Claires music fest

5 interesting twists at Justin Vernon's third annual Eaux Claires music fest

How Justin Vernon & Co. are keeping things interesting for their music fest's third year.
Review: Tool sticks to its dark formula in sold-out Xcel Center show

Review: Tool sticks to its dark formula in sold-out Xcel Center show

The stormy metal quartet packed the arena again, despite going 11 years (and counting) between albums.
Ex-Grrrl Prty rapper Manchita goes 'sola' with debut EP

Ex-Grrrl Prty rapper Manchita goes 'sola' with debut EP

The former Grrrl Prty member has been working toward a solo act for almost a decade.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Old Crow Medicine Show at the Palace, Willie Nelson at Treasure Island

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Old Crow Medicine Show at the Palace, Willie Nelson at Treasure Island

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Rodrigo y Gabriela at First Ave, Norah Jones at Northrop

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Rodrigo y Gabriela at First Ave, Norah Jones at Northrop

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
10 most legendary Twin Cities metal shows, from Iron Maiden to Monsters of Rock

10 most legendary Twin Cities metal shows, from Iron Maiden to Monsters of Rock

With Iron Maiden, Tool and GNR returning this summer, here's a look at the 10 most legendary shows in Twin Cities metal history.
Soundset survives last-minute cancellations in a strong 10th year

Soundset survives last-minute cancellations in a strong 10th year

No-shows and schedule delays couldn't spoil the hip-hop mega-fest in its 10th year, thanks to strong showings by Lauryn Hill, T.I. and the locals.
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