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Chris Riemenschneider

Columnist/Reporter | Local Music
Phone: 612-673-4658
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Chris Riemenschneider has been covering the Twin Cities music scene since 2001, long enough for Prince to shout him out during "Play That Funky Music (White Boy)." The St. Paul native authored the book "First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom" and previously worked as a music critic at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas.

Riemenschneider has also written for Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News and Billboard and won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Society for Features Journalism and Society of American Travel Writers.
Recent content from Chris Riemenschneider
The entry to 7th St. Entry first opened in 1980 when its sister club was still known as Sam's.

7th St. Entry's legendary stage is now for sale – in 380 pieces

First Avenue is refurbishing its smaller room and inventing new ways of making money during the pandemic.
Johnny Flynn portrays the pre-Ziggy David Bowie in "Stardust," which also stars Marc Maron.

Sound Unseen festival unveils virtual 2020 lineup with Bee Gees, Bowie films

The 21st annual film fest for musicheads takes place Nov. 11-15.
Cornbread Harris misses his gigs, like this three-hour one he played at the Loring Pasta Bar in 2017.

Minneapolis piano legend Cornbread Harris, 93, is ready to roll again

"This is the craziest I've ever seen things," the Minneapolis piano vet says ahead of a new live album and virtual concert.
Zach Sobiech recorded "Clouds" in 2012 after his terminal cancer diagnosis.

Zach Sobiech's 'Clouds' flies high again to top of iTunes chart

The single is soaring again thanks to the Disney+ movie based on the Stillwater area teen's death to cancer.
Hope Nordquist and Kai Brewster performed from the front steps of the McHenry house in August.

Minneapolis family's garden offers a musical respite during a difficult summer

A south Minneapolis family turned their yard into a neighborhood haven and a Beautiful Garden winner.
Dizzy Fae performs Friday at 8:40 p.m. CT from First Avenue in the Save Our Stages Festival.

Representing Minnesota in this weekend's SOS Fest, Dizzy Fae says 'all stages matter'

The St. Paul hip-hop star performs Friday in the three-day marathon also featuring the Roots, Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus and Lumineers.
DJ Hayes (left) and Stuart DeVann were on the roof as Nur-D sat on the ground before their Bands on Vans soundcheck.

'Mad Max-meets-Beatles' concert series has bands play on the rooftop of a van

The Bands on Vans concert series is taking the fight for live music's return to the streets.
Allan Fingerhut at the club that would become First Avenue (then the Depot) in 1971.

First Avenue's original owner Allan Fingerhut dies, fostered club 34 years

Fingerhut had not been formally involved in First Ave since 2004, but he still factored heavily in its story as recently as this year.
Eddie Van Halen, shown in a 2004 concert in New Jersey playing the last chord of "Jump," died Oct. 6.

Rock on, Eddie: Ranking the 10 best Van Halen albums

Interest in the band's music has re-erupted following Eddie Van Halen's death.
Lissie performed at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand in 2018 with Trampled by Turtles.

Lissie says Icehouse concert series is about 'camaraderie of it all'

The Iowa-based hitmaker is leaving her farm for her five-part Autumn Escape concerts.
Eddie Van Halen, right, first reunited with David Lee Roth on a tour that came to Target Center in 2007.

Recent Twin Cities concerts showed Eddie Van Halen's ups and downs

The guitarist didn't seem his old fiery self in the 2000s but bounced back in a 2012 showing.
Ed Ackerson relaxing with some of his closest friends at his Flowers Studio in 2005.

Tribute album for Minneapolis rock guru Ed Ackerson surprise-released

The Jayhawks, Motion City Soundtrack, Tanya Donelly and Dandy Warhols contributed to the 30-song set, issued on the one-year anniversary of Ackerson's death to cancer.
John Munson, left, and Dylan Hicks.

Minnesota music vets Hicks and Munson have one of year's most charming albums

Dylan Hicks got John Munson to do more than just produce his new song collection.
First Avenue nightclub’s iconic star facade is getting its once-per-decade paint job this week, but with a couple sign-of-the-times twists: Due to p

First Ave adding George Floyd star, 'Purple Rain'-era marquee in latest repainting

The once-a-decade paint job on the rock club's iconic facade was otherwise scaled back.
Marianne Combs

MPR reporter quits, saying bosses stalled for DJ accused of misconduct

MPR President Duchesne Drew said editors decided a story about sexual misconduct allegations against a Current DJ was "not ready to run because it does not meet our journalistic standards" and they were blindsided by reporter Marianne Combs' resignation.
Bob Mould performed at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand in 2014.

Bob Mould is on fire with new album echoing his Hüsker Dü years

The ex-Minneapolitan's burning rager "Blue Hearts" will be followed Oct. 23 with a massive 24-CD box set.
Tickets to Thursday’s virtual release party for “#MeTooMpls” include a digital copy of the album, also available on CD.

17 Minn. musicians explore sexual harassment, abuse in '#MeTooMpls' album

The new compilation album "#MeTooMpls" explores the movement through the songs of 17 Minnesota singers. All of them have stories.
Semisonic bassist John Munson, drummer Jacob Slichter and frontman Dan Wilson at the 2019 Basilica Block Party.

After 19 years, Semisonic returns right on time with 'You're Not Alone'

Minnesota's "Closing Time" hitmakers Semisonic release new music 19 years later but somehow right on time.
Hippo Campus singer Jake Luppen is stepping out under the solo moniker Lupin.

Hippo Campus singer Jake Luppen announces first solo album

Hear two new tracks off the Minneapolis rocker's debut LP as Lupin.
Minnesota Public Radio's headquarters in downtown St. Paul.

MPR fires DJ after a barrage of criticism over misconduct allegations

It was the first time a name surfaced in connection with the controversy, which began with a reporter's resignation over an unaired story alleging sexual misconduct.
Mason Jennings at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand in 2013.

Minnesota favorite Mason Jennings announces new band with Pearl Jam guitarist

Jennings and Stone Gossard finished the debut from Painted Shield during quarantine.
Jeremy Messersmith hosted a telethon for Jeff Bezos in 2018 when his last record "Late Stage Capitalism" arrived.

Mpls. singer-songwriter Messersmith plans new song every week until February

The Minneapolis tunesmith plans to release a new song nearly every week through February.
The Rolling Stones are among the many acts due in town next year after postponing in 2020.

Here's to the most rocking summer ever! (Next summer, we mean)

After this year's bust, the 2021 concert season could be the most bang-up one ever.
"#MeTooMpls" will be released Oct. 2.

Hear Tina Schlieske's powerful song for 'MeTooMpls' charity album

Seventeen Minnesota songwriters address the movement for a compilation LP and upcoming livestream concert.
The Family Handyman editors rehabbed this 1972 Avion Voyageur for the latest issue.

Minnesotans remodel their vintage camper trailers just in time for the pandemic

Remodeled vintage RV trailers give their owners affordability — and cool style.
Beer tastings and the Minnesota State Fair go hand in hand.

Raise a pint with us during our virtual State Fair beer tasting

If it's State Fair time, it's still summer beer season. We chose six to sample, and we hope you'll drink along and make your own tasting notes.
Mick Sterling wrangled 50 acts for the Relief Sessions.

Burnsville concert series offers 12 days of Relief to live music lovers

Mick Sterling's 12-day concert series was inspired by the fair.
Throngs of music lovers purchased music at Electric Fetus Records during Record Store Day in 2016, back when there were no worries about a pandemic.

Record Store Day returns with caution as one Twin Cities shop closes for testing

Safety concerns for Saturday's first of three RSD installments are renewed after Mill City Sound shut down Wednesday.
Members of the Jack Brass Band played for folks participating in the Minnesota State Fair Food Parade in the Visitors Plaza at the corner of Dan Patch

Jack Brass Band honks its horns at fair food parade

The funky Twin Cities-based ensemble set up shop on the fairgrounds last Thursday, and it's not leaving its post until Labor Day.
Singer/songwriter Mary Bue has been holed up at home in south Minneapolis since returning from India in March.

Minneapolis rocker Mary Bue is in love with the world (yes, despite everything)

Mary Bue's journey from Duluth to Minneapolis, New Mexico and India culminated in her best album yet, "The World Is Your Lover."
River’s Edge in Star Prairie, Wis., recently showed pre-filmed concerts with Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton.

Wisconsin concert series stirs COVID-19 worries with Sturgis bands

Events near Somerset, Wis., will host up to 2,500, with virus precautions not required.
Cory Wong performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.

Now a regular on Stephen Colbert's show, guitarist Cory Wong returns home to Minnesota

Now a regular in Stephen Colbert's TV band, Fridley native Cory Wong played Red Rocks and Madison Square Garden this year while dropping his second solo album.
Arthur "L.A." Buckner has played with PHO, Dem Atlas and Shiloh Temple's house band but never issued his own album before "Big Homie."

North Minneapolis drummer tops iTunes jazz chart

Twin Cities drummer thanks "great support system" for success of his self-released debut album.
Bandcamp offerings: Longshot’s “Champion,” Scrunchies’ “Alone in the Health and Beauty Aisle,” Happy Apple’s “New York CD,” Dosh’s

Bandcamp Friday returns at 'crucial time' for musicians and fans seeking a pandemic kick

The monthly web sale has been a pandemic bright spot for musicians and fans.
Photos from inside the Turf Club this past week show the demolition work happening inside the popular live music venue.

Turf Club 'completely gutted' but expected back in full after riot damage

St. Paul's live music haven suffered fire and water damage in May bad enough to match its $1 million 2013 renovations.
Joyann Parker, who played the State Fair last year, will perform a Patsy Cline tribute as part of the Relief Sessions in Burnsville.

Burnsville concert series announces 'alternative' to State Fair gigs

The Relief Sessions will offer free and ticketed shows daily from Aug. 27 to Sept. 7.
Chapel Brewing co-owner Tracie Vranich poured an IPA for a patron as fellow owner Steve Schmidt looked on Thursday afternoon.

Minnesota's brewery boom is spilling over into small towns

Minnesota's brewery boom isn't just for urban hipsters anymore. Taprooms from Warroad to Dundas are hopping, especially post-quarantine.
Tony Andreason (in red) and the Surf Dawgs at the 2019 Big Kahuna. Provided photo

A littler Big Kahuna Bash planned at Grumpy's Roseville

Tiki-themed music fest will ride out the pandemic wave Saturday at Grumpy's Roseville.
The boarded-up entrance to First Avenue in Minneapolis.

Klobuchar co-authors Save Our Stages bill to help shuttered music venues

First Avenue's owner leads a lobbying group behind the legislation, which would offer small-business grants.
The Suburbs performed a parking lot concert meant to let fans maintain social distancing outside of St. Michael Cinema in St. Michael on Saturday. Fan

Suburbs rock the exurbs in Minnesota's latest attempt to bring back live music

A cineplex parking lot in St. Michael offered ample room for fans to rattle their bones and swim noodles.
Maria Isa and her producer, YMMI, on the El Burrito patio in St. Paul.

Twin Cities hip-hop vet Maria Isa remembers her friend George Floyd, preaches 'Amor Universal'

The "SotaRico" hip-hop vet has been closely touched by 2020's calamities but remains defiantly upbeat on her new EP with YMMI.
Dayna Frank, owner of First Avenue, stood outside the music venue in downtown Minneapolis. With concerts on hold during the pandemic, independent venu

Seeing 'no way out this year,' Twin Cities music venues are scrambling and uniting

First Ave is at the center of a new national lobbying group as shuttered music venues fight to get through 2020, from the Dakota to the Amsterdam.
Auntie's founders (left to right) DJ Keezy, Lady Midnight and Sophia Eris say they want the venue to "lead with loving accountability."

Women musicians pitch a 'safe space' Twin Cities music venue named Auntie's

Local hip-hop stars Sophia Eris, Lady Midnight and DJ Keezy launched a $5 million GoFundMe campaign to open the club.

iHeartMedia launches Black news radio station in Twin Cities

It takes over the 99-watt FM signal that used to host the playlist-like rock station Alt 93.3.
Dusty's and Palmer's T-shirts were created to help the bars weather the COVID-19 quarantine.

Minneapolis dive bars saluted in fundraiser T-shirts by rock band 4onthefloor

A Palmer's shirt is on sale now, and Mortimer's and Grumpy's are due next.
Semisonic bassist John Munson and frontman Dan Wilson previewed new songs last summer at the Basilica Block Party. Semisonic released a new song on Fr

Semisonic's first new single in 19 years sounds perfect for 2020

"You're Not Alone" hails from a new EP that the Twin Cities-reared trio will release this fall.
2020 local albums of the year (so far)

Minnesota's best albums of the year (so far)

Ten records from the home team to spin while you're still stuck at home.
Prof performed at the Rhymesayer's 20th anniversary celebration at Target Center on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.

Rhymesayers drops two acts as Twin Cities music scene confronts misogyny and misconduct

Citing "toxic masculinity" and "reports of abuse," the label cut ties with Prof and Dem Atlas just two days before Prof's new album.
The band Turn Turn Turn: Savannah Smith, Adam Levy and Barb Brynstad.

Adam Levy finds harmony in Turn Turn Turn – even when they can't sing together

Debut LP by Adam Levy's harmonious trio has arrived at either the worst or best time.
Davina & the Vagabond performed Saturday night for an online show filmed at the Hook & Ladder. ] Less than a month afte

Live music returns to Minneapolis venue Hook & Ladder, weeks after near destruction

Davina & the Vagabonds jump-started the nonprofit venue's HookStream virtual series.
Joyann Parker sang on an outdoor stage with her Patsy Cline tribute band during a Crooners parking lot concert drive-in movie style.

5 places to see live music in the Twin Cities this week (yes, in person!)

A few venues are plugging back in with limited capacities.
Tiwana Porter sang during a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University in Minneapolis.

4 Twin Cities musicians hope to 'heal the pain' after George Floyd's death

Dua Saleh, Tiwana Porter, Nur-D and Tony Zaccardi share their perspectives on the protests and hopes moving forward.
Jazz composer Carei Thomas at his home in south Minneapolis.

Minneapolis jazz pianist and composer Carei Thomas dies at 81

The innovative, Buddhist arts leader and educator died after six decades in music.
Mark Wheat introduced one of the bands at 89.3 the Current's birthday party at First Avenue in 2016.

DJ Mark Wheat signs off at 89.3 the Current after 15 years

The well-known British DJ, there from Day One, plans to pursue other unspecified interests.
The Hook & Ladder Theatre was damaged but still stood after last week's rioting along East Lake Street.

Hook & Ladder operators see 'moral responsibility' after surviving Lake Street riots

Hook & Ladder's plans are on hold for now as the nonprofit venue hopes to fill other needs in its ravaged community.
The remnants of the Hexagon Bar on Friday morning after it was ravaged by fire overnight.

Hexagon Bar owners deny blaming Black Lives Matter for arson, cite 'heavyset white male'

A post on the destroyed bar's Facebook page that pointed at "Black Lives Matter arsonists" was allegedly not approved by management.
The remnants of the Hexagon Bar on Friday morning after it was ravaged by fire overnight.

Hexagon Bar destroyed, Turf Club and Hook & Ladder flooded during overnight rioting

Fire ravaged the Hex, and looters and sprinkler water damaged the Turf and Hook & Ladder.
Ondara recorded his new album in quarantine. Photo by Ian Flomer

Minneapolis singer Ondara releases quarantine album: 'I was just trying to give myself a little therapy'

Fresh off a Grammy nom and Lumineers tour, Minneapolis tunesmith Ondara was on a roll and apparently couldn't stop.
The Schooner Tavern is seeking help in boarding up its damaged facade Thursday.

Music venues Hook & Ladder and Schooner Tavern damaged but survive protests

Already reeling from the coronavirus quarantine, the venues are in the heart of the ravaged protest area.
Patrons left Surly on Saturday, August 1, 2015. ] Aaron Lavinsky ¥ Restaurant review: Surly Brewing's casual beer hall

How many Minn. breweries existed before the microbrewery boom?

The state's history of beermaking is filled with milestones, but now brewers face an uncertain future.
Bob Dylan, seen here in Martin Scorsese's "Rolling Thunder Revue" documentary, has been keeping fans guessing for decades.

At 79, Bob Dylan reminds us he's still full of surprises

"Murder Most Foul" is the latest unexpected move from the birthday boy. Here are 17 more surprises from throughout his career.
Rapper Prof

No Soundset, no problem: Prof readies new album 'Powderhorn Suites'

The rowdy rapper is releasing his hotel-themed record despite sidelined Soundset and tour plans.
The new sign outside Barely Brothers Records in St. Paul hints at its new policies.

Twin Cities record stores are reopening with new rules in play

Many stores will open again Monday, but the Electric Fetus says it still has "details to work out to keep everyone safe."
Little Richard performs at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York, on June 25, 2000.

How Little Richard influenced Minnesota's biggest rock acts

Bob Dylan, Prince, the Time and even the Replacements all showed off his impressions on them.
The Belfast Cowboys, seen here at a prior Hook & Ladder gig, will be much more spread out when they play the venue's livestream series June 13.

Minneapolis' Hook & Ladder to host weekly virtual music gigs in June

Bands will perform on an enlarged stage with only a film and sound crew.
The lights are off at Hook & Ladder in Minneapolis, which created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for its staff during the quarantine.

9 ways to help the Twin Cities music community as the shutdown wears on

Charitable funds, merchandise and other means are available to assist musicians and club workers as the effects of the pandemic continue.

Facebook's '10 albums' challenge climbs into steady rotation during quarantine

Twin Cities music lovers welcome the distraction of naming their influential records.
Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha hasn't been seen in Minneapolis since his band's set during the Republican National Convention in 2

Rage Against the Machine reschedules Minneapolis shows to July 2021

Both of the band's Target Center shows originally scheduled for May 11-12 sold out fast.
Don Henley won't be back in town with the Eagles until October 2021.

The Eagles postpone Xcel Center shows again, now October 2021

Fans still seeking refunds should be able to receive them via Live Nation's new 30-day-window policy.
The Okee Dokee Brothers

Okee Dokee Brothers rush-release album to help families 'celebrate togetherness'

The Grammy-winning Twin Cities folk duo wanted to reach out to an audience that's "stuck at home."
T-shirts reading "With a Little Help From My Friends" went on sale last month to benefit the Twin Cities Music Community Trust.

First Ave's TC Music Trust raises $130k so far for musicians and venue workers

More than 350 members of the "gig workforce" will receive grants, a majority of them musicians.
Sarah Perbix of Cloud Cult is giving music lessons from home.

Their shows canceled, Twin Cities musicians stay afloat as virtual teachers

Virtual music lessons are challenging but rewarding for players who've been sidelined.
Darius Rucker was supposed to co-headline Winstock in 2020 and will be invited back for 20201.

Winstock country music festival also now called off for 2020

Organizers have already set the dates for 2021, while other regional country fests hang onto this year's plans.
The Jayhawks before social-distancing, from left: Tim O'Reagan, Karen Grotberg, Gary Louris and Marc Perlman.

Jayhawks announce new album 'XOXO' with timely track 'Living in a Bubble'

The Twin Cities music vets' 11th album, finished before the quarantine, will arrive July 10.
Don Henley, left, with new Eagles member Vince Gill, who were supposed to play Xcel Energy Center in early April but rescheduled for October.

Relenting to fans, Ticketmaster offers 30-day refund window for postponed concerts

Fans stuck with tickets to postponed concerts will finally have a recourse from Ticketmaster — but it won't last for long.Live Nation, which owns Ticketmaster,…