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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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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.
Music, mud and mayhem flow at New Orleans' bountiful Jazz Fest

Music, mud and mayhem flow at New Orleans' bountiful Jazz Fest

A decade since Hurricane Katrina, the 46th annual musical throwdown was lifted up last weekend with big names/egos like the Who and Ryan Adams.
Minnesota's Charlie Parr, alone with the blues

Minnesota's Charlie Parr, alone with the blues

Minnesota music hero Charlie Parr finally has a team behind his new record but is still a one-of-a-kind, one-man operation on the road.
'Coming Home' singer Leon Bridges is coming up roses

'Coming Home' singer Leon Bridges is coming up roses

The Texas soul-rocker went from washing dishes last year to being the toast of South by Southwest last month.
Minn. music notes: Winona & Duluth catch music-fest fever

Minn. music notes: Winona & Duluth catch music-fest fever

Plus: Albums by Actual Wolf and April Fools, and Cloud Cult drops a DVD.
Minnesota music notes: Winona and Duluth get festive

Minnesota music notes: Winona and Duluth get festive

Albums by Actual Wolf and April Fools are also among this week’s offerings.
Leon Bridges: 'I knew I had a gift'

Leon Bridges: 'I knew I had a gift'

SXSW champ Leon Bridges dishes on his lightning rise, retro sound.
Review: Sufjan cuts deep at Northrop

Review: Sufjan cuts deep at Northrop

After a few prior gimmicky concerts, the indie-folk played it deadly serious Wednesday in Minneapolis.
Sufjan Stevens cuts a deeper, personal path

Sufjan Stevens cuts a deeper, personal path

REVIEW: After a few prior gimmicky concerts, the indie-folk played it deadly serious Wednesday in Minneapolis..
CDs take back seat to vinyl, tapes on Record Store Day

CDs take back seat to vinyl, tapes on Record Store Day

Music buyers have no love for compact discs these days.
CDs take back seat to vinyl, tapes on Record Store Day

CDs take back seat to vinyl, tapes on Record Store Day

With the 10th annual Record Store Day taking over indie shops nationwide Saturday, retro modes of music have won favor with younger, hipper fans — at least the ones who still bother to buy music instead of just streaming it off the web.
Exclusives, live music on deck for Record Store Day

Exclusives, live music on deck for Record Store Day

Twin Cities record shops expect music fans to flock to their stores Saturday for Record Store Day 2015. Here's a rundown of the offerings around town, with many stores saving merchandise for the big day and featuring live music, food and drinks.
Current's Lucia: Man in stalking case 'unstable and delusional'

Current's Lucia: Man in stalking case 'unstable and delusional'

In July, she filed for a restraining order against a 45-year-old Eden Prairie man. The radio station sent him a cease-and-desist letter; still, his advances continued.
Father John Misty talks love and happy hubris

Father John Misty talks love and happy hubris

Father John Misty’s grandiose new album is largely about falling in love and getting married and all the weird and wonderful moments that go with that.
Father John Misty's hubris, humor

Father John Misty's hubris, humor

The enigmatic indie star dishes ahead of a spree of Twin Cities show.
Venus de Mars' true trans rebel soul

Venus de Mars' true trans rebel soul

A tour with Against Me! helped Minneapolis' transgender rock vet refocus her career.
Venus de Mars rises again

Venus de Mars rises again

Last year's tour with Against Me! helped catapult Minneapolis' transgender rock vet out of an audit hole and refocus her 20-year career.
Benjamin Booker's raw power on display at First Ave

Benjamin Booker's raw power on display at First Ave

The 25-year-old New Orleans rocker played off his band a lot in a loose, lively First Ave debut.
Review: Benjamin Booker puts raw power on display at First Ave

Review: Benjamin Booker puts raw power on display at First Ave

The 25-year-old New Orleans rocker played off his band a lot in a loose, lively First Ave debut.
Minneseries: Tyte Jeff

Minneseries: Tyte Jeff

Ex-Plastic Constellations co-leader Jeff Allen kicks off a month of shows at the Nomad with his older, wearier new band.
Minneseries Mini-Profile: Tyte Jeff, led by Jeff Allen of Plastic Constellations

Minneseries Mini-Profile: Tyte Jeff, led by Jeff Allen of Plastic Constellations

Ex-Plastic Constellations co-leader Jeff Allen kicks off a month of shows at the Nomad with his older, wearier new band.
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 2015: The breakouts, reboots & letdowns

SXSW 2015: The breakouts, reboots & letdowns

This year’s Austin megafest served to showcase worthy buzz acts like Courtney Barnett and Leon Bridges.
SXSW gives big props to Rhymesayers

SXSW gives big props to Rhymesayers

The label behind Atmosphere and Brother Ali was recognized as a pioneer of independent hip-hop.
Taggart & Rosewood is more than just one of the Gayng

Taggart & Rosewood is more than just one of the Gayng

Twin Cities music notes: Ryan Olson and Zach Coulter team up in the new duo Taggart & Rosewood. Also: SXSW prep and Lyn-Lake news.
Gayngs leaders form Taggart & Rosewood

Gayngs leaders form Taggart & Rosewood

Ryan Olson and Zach Coulter team up in the new duo Taggart & Rosewood. Plus: Local music notes.
La Santa Cecilia reaches across borders

La Santa Cecilia reaches across borders

The Grammy-winning Los Angeles group sings out for immigration reform.
Mexi-Cali group La Santa Cecilia reaches across borders

Mexi-Cali group La Santa Cecilia reaches across borders

The Grammy-winning Los Angeles group sang out for immigration reform on their Grammy-winning 2013 album.
Soundcheck: Blind Shake surf the new Turf

Soundcheck: Blind Shake surf the new Turf

Locals head into Are You Local? and SXSW fresh off their surf-rock tour.
Tweedy: 'Dad rock' redefined

Tweedy: 'Dad rock' redefined

Spencer Tweedy, 19, deferred college for a year to join his dad Jeff on tour behind their double album "Sukierae."
Waverly, Iowa, lands Mumford & Sons pop-up fest

Waverly, Iowa, lands Mumford & Sons pop-up fest

Waverly will host the British band’s campout event on June 19-20.
Mumford & Sons' pop-up fest coming to Iowa

Mumford & Sons' pop-up fest coming to Iowa

Waverly, Iowa, will play host to the British band’s Gentlemen of the Road event June 19-20 with My Morning Jacket and the Flaming Lips.
Meet the new Tweedy (son of Wilco's bandleader)

Meet the new Tweedy (son of Wilco's bandleader)

Spencer Tweedy, 19, deferred college for a year to join his dad Jeff on tour behind their double album "Sukierae."
Chris Thile rolls from 'Prairie Home' back to Punch Brothers

Chris Thile rolls from 'Prairie Home' back to Punch Brothers

Fresh off filling in for Garrison Keillor, Nickel Creek's Chris Thile is back with his brothers.
Flaming Lips seal their love for First Ave

Flaming Lips seal their love for First Ave

Due for another special show Tuesday night, Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne says First Avenue is most bands’ "fantasy version of a club."
Review: Hozier full of holy fire but not yet wholly rounded

Review: Hozier full of holy fire but not yet wholly rounded

The Irish artist proved Friday he has soul, and some learning to do.
Hozier full of holy fire but not yet wholly rounded

Hozier full of holy fire but not yet wholly rounded

The Irish artist proved Friday he has soul, and some learning to do.
Irish hitmaker Hozier talks 'Church' and his state of mind

Irish hitmaker Hozier talks 'Church' and his state of mind

The “Take Me to Church” singer, 24, says he' enjoying the ride, especially when it came to the Grammys.
Rapper Lizzo fits in well with the Sleater-Kinney's riot-grrrls

Rapper Lizzo fits in well with the Sleater-Kinney's riot-grrrls

The local rapper called in from her tour with Sleater-Kinney, landing at First Ave Saturday.
Spotlight: The return of Sleater-Kinney

Spotlight: The return of Sleater-Kinney

Saturday: It’s true, Sleater-Kinney was one of rock’s most influential yet unfamous bands of the late-’90s and early-’00s, not just within the sorely missed riot-grrrl…
A plainer John Mellencamp in a gussied-up Northrop

A plainer John Mellencamp in a gussied-up Northrop

John Mellencamp struck a darker, raw tone during Wednesday’s first of two Minneapolis concerts. Some of the high points of the 105-minute concert benefitted from the more intimate setting and Northrop’s newly refined, warm acoustics.
Justin Vernon talks Eaux Claires fest and the return of Bon Iver

Justin Vernon talks Eaux Claires fest and the return of Bon Iver

The Bon Iver musicmaker described the lineup of his inaugural July festival as “all selfish” picks, including National, Spoon, Indigo Girls and Low.
Vernon ready to launch Eaux Claires, bring back Bon Iver

Vernon ready to launch Eaux Claires, bring back Bon Iver

The Bon Iver musicmaker described the lineup of his inaugural July festival as “all selfish” picks.
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