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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.
Recent content from Chris Riemenschneider
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.
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.
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.
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.
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