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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
Thousands of fans filled the hill outside Walker Art Center for Rock the Garden in 2018.

June festivals Rock the Garden canceled, Twin Cities Pride postponed

The June 20 music fest at Walker Art Center was canceled, but Pride organizers are only calling their event postponed.
Partygoers sat near the “BBP” letters at the 2019 Basilica Block Party as the Jayhawks performed.

Will summer music festivals go on? Twin Cities fans watch and wait

Some have canceled but many, including the Basilica and Moondance parties, still hope to go on.
A special star was painted inside First Avenue to commemorate the filming and recording of "Purple Rain" there in 1983. There's also an indoor star ma

Radio stations will play 'Purple Rain' in unison at 5 p.m. for First Ave's 50th

Regular players G. Love and Yam Haus will also perform via stream to support the club's benefit fund for workers.
Spotify and other streaming music sources have their pros and cons.

Which music streaming service is best for you right now?

We compare Spotify, Amazon Unlimited and other paid and some free streaming options.
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Quarantine cleaning: What to do with all those old CDs collecting dust?

Quarantine cleaning has many music fans wondering what to do with their dusty shelves and bins of plastic music.
Mavis Staples, shown at 2019's Americana Honors & Awards in Nashville, has been singing uplifting songs going back to the Staple Singers' 1960s anthem

A happy-but-not-sappy song playlist to stay positive through the quarantine

Our music critic picks 25 great anthems to help you over the long haul.
Rapper D.N.I.C. (Dominic Tinnel) performed at Fifth Element's open-mic night in November.

Hip-hop hub Fifth Element in Uptown closing after 21 years

The Rhymesayers crew's renowned record store was shuttered on March 16 and now will not reopen.
First Ave and downtown Minneapolis at dusk.

From Joe Cocker to Lizzo: 50 fun facts for First Avenue's 50th anniversary

As music fans wait for concerts to be rescheduled, here are some things you may not know about the iconic club.
Black Market Brass, seen here at 89.3 the Current's 12th anniversary party in 2017, were supposed to play a two-nighter at Icehouse to promote their n

Never mind release parties, these Twin Cities bands still have albums to tout during quarantine

Dave Simonett, Poliça, Black Market Brass, Chris Castino and more put off their release parties but not their release dates.
Koo Koo Kanga Roo will offer a slice of their dance-party funk live via stream Saturday at 11 a.m.

Updated list of Twin Cities musicians' virtual gigs, March 25-31

Scheduled livestreaming performances for the week, including a Charlie Parr set for KEXP, a Koo Kanga Roo dance party, Humbird, Daddy Squeeze and more.
St. Paul rapper Nur-D is hosting his Quarantined World Tour on various social-media platforms with guests including Gully Boys, Dwynell Roland and Yam

Live from home: a guide to Twin Cities musicians' online streaming gigs

Local musicians including Nur-D and Belfast Cowboys are keeping up appearances online amid the quarantine.
The Hold Steady with Craig Finn, left, and Tad Kubler will celebrate First Avenue's 50th anniversary later in the year.

Twin Cities concerts: postponements, makeup dates and cancellations

A list of which big gigs are being rescheduled, and when (if known).
JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com Jeremy Messersmith

Coronavirus test 'nothing to be afraid of'

Singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith recounts his experience.
Tickets are plentiful in the resale market at the moment as many fans are nervous about future concerts.

Ticket refunds: Rules and one surprising tip for postponed concerts and other events

When and what to expect from canceled shows vs. postponed, and why now might actually be a good time to buy seats.
First Avenue will remain closed through March following Gov. Tim Walz's and the Minnesota Department of Health's recommendations to limit crowd sizes

First Ave, other music venues will shut down through March due to crowd limits

Gov. Walz's guidelines prompted the shuttering of all First Ave venues, the Cedar and several more. Some smaller spaces plan to carry on with added caution.
Terry Walsh, right, leads the Belfast Cowboys. Photo by Renee Jones Schneider • renee.jones@startribune.com

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Joe Bonamassa, Wynonna Judd & Belfast Cowboys

The big gigs for March 13-19, also including Leslie Odom Jr., Ana Popovic, Steve Aoki and good ol' REO.
Kenny Chesney has postponed his May 2 concert at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Twin Cities concerts are canceling over virus: 'This is all uncharted'

Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Rage and Lumineers called off their local concerts, but many upcoming shows are still on. For now.
Thousands lined the hill outside Walker Art Center waiting for Courtney Barnett, X and the National at 2019's Rock the Garden.

Rock the Garden 2020 lineup will be nearly all women

The June 20 festival outside Walker Art Center will also feature Joseph, Jay Som, Dua Saleh and Gully Boys.
Sean Tillmann performed as Har Mar Superstar for Rachel Ray's Feedback party at Stubb's during 2014's South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, T

Minnesota bands 'feeling defeated' after coronavirus fears shut down SXSW music fest

Twin Cities musicians including Heart Bones, Gully Boys, the Bad Man and Humbird have to ditch or pivot tour plans centered around the Austin shindig.
Bob Weir, Jay Lane, and Don Was, from left, of the Wolf Bros. during the first song of their show at the Palace Theatre in 2018.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Bob Weir, Best Coast, Three 6 Mafia, Black Lips

The big gigs for March 6-12, also including Hayes Carll with Allison Moorer, Omar Sosa, Yonder Mountain String Band, Liv Warfield, Wilco in Duluth and more.
Drummer Tom Murray helmed the new album by the Litter.

Minneapolis' celebrated '60s garage-rock band the Litter re-emerges in 2020 (sort of)

Cult-loved Minneapolis '60s band is back in action. Sort of.
Peter Schimke at the piano circa 2000, not long after he returned home.

'Very accomplished but very natural' Twin Cities jazz pianist Peter Schimke dies at 59

A memorial will be held March 22 at the Dakota, where he regularly played with Irv Williams, his longtime partner Estaire Godinez and many others.
Nathaniel Rateliff

Nathaniel Rateliff kicks off solo tour in Minneapolis: 'I needed to do something for myself'

Denver soul-rocker Nathaniel Rateliff has gone solo for an emotional new album and tour that begins in Minneapolis.
“It’s back to me talking one-on-one with the listener, mostly about music,” says Jill Riley, who will go it solo on the Current’s morning show

The Current's Jill Riley named solo morning host after firing of Brian Oake

After the firing of her co-host, Jill Riley will lead an all-women weekday lineup on 89.3 the Current.
Tanya Tucker hits Grand Casino Hinckley after Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings co-produced her latest album.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Rufus du Sol, Saint Motel, Tanya Tucker, Wire

The big gigs for Feb. 28-March 5, also including Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bill Frisell, Sudan Archives, Destroyer and Kamasi Washington.
Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley early in their set Monday in St. Paul.

David Lee Roth jumps to Kiss' aid at under-attended Xcel Center show

The Van Halen singer added spark to the second go-around of the headliner's fizzling farewell tour.
“We waited five years [for Van Halen], and now it's time to shine,” said David Lee Roth, who played Las Vegas last month before joining Kiss on to

David Lee Roth embraces Kiss tour: 'At my age, everything's a farewell'

David Lee Roth isn't changing his tune after dismissing Van Halen's return and joining Kiss' farewell tour, which comes to St. Paul on Monday.
Justin Courtney Pierre said he felt nerves when Motion City played its first gig in 3½ years, but then “it was like, ‘Oh, hell, yeah. Let’s do

After a rabidly received reunion tour, Motion City Soundtrack returns home to Minneapolis

Minneapolis' little band that could is back for three big gigs (and maybe more).
Heart Bones: Sabrina Ellis and Har Mar Superstar.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Iron & Wine with Calexico, Sudaka Fest, Heart Bones and the Suburbs

This big gigs for Feb. 14-20, also including Tove Lo, Ellis Delaney's release party, memorials for Ed Ackerson and Lexii Alijai, Rosanne Cash, a Louisiana twofer and a Paisley Park party with Meshell Ndegeocello.
Concertgoers filed in Wednesday night for the Brandi Carlile show, the first at the Fillmore Minneapolis.

Minneapolis' Fillmore era begins as Brandi Carlile plays first show at new venue

Brandi Carlile performs unplugged to crank up the fancy North Loop music venue.
Ed Ackerson in 2005.

Mpls. rock royalty will celebrate the late Ed Ackerson with First Ave show

A memorial for the local hero features albums both new and old, and a whole lot more.
A Prince mural lit up the second floor of the Fillmore Minneapolis in January. The new venue opens Wednesday in Minneapolis’ North Loop with three s

Live Nation turns up the volume with glitzy Fillmore concert hall

Fillmore opening brings a new level of comfort and complex corporate synergy to the Twin Cities concert market.
Roddy Ricch makes his Twin Cities debut Tuesday at First Ave after scoring a No. 1 hit with "The Box."

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Brantley Gilbert, Roddy Ricch, Korn, Brandi Carlile

The big gigs for Feb. 7-13, also including Robert Randolph, Grace Potter, an Otto's Chemical Lounge farewell and release parties by Sarah Morris, Sam Cassidy and Gambler's Daughter.
FILE - This Aug. 22, 2019 file photo shows, from left, Ron Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones performing in Pas

Rolling Stones confirm spring tour date at U.S. Bank Stadium

The third stop on the band's No Filter 2020 Tour will be among 15 shows in North America.
It’s a phone-y world: But don’t spend the whole concert (Billie Eilish’s Armory show here) looking at your screen.

12 rules every concertgoer should follow (especially tall, chatty or gassy ones)

From phone etiquette to song requests, here are a dozen commandments for your next show.
Michael Kiwanuka plays the Palace Theatre on Monday touting his most acclaimed album yet.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Michael Kiwanuka, King Princess, Drone Not Drones, Armin van Buuren

The big gigs for Jan. 31-Feb. 6, also including Andrew Broder's Don't [Bleep] This Up fundraiser, Trippie Redd, Juliana Hatfield, Temples and Erik Koskinen's residency kick-off.
Rap star T.I. performed for Soundset's 10th anniversary at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in 2017.

Twin Cities largest music festival, Soundset, is called off for this summer

Music festival will focus on Rhymesayers' 25th anniversary instead.
Rex Orange County aka Alex O'Connor sold out the Palace for his Twin Cities debut.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Cold War Kids, GZA, Rex Orange County, Rebirth Brass

The big gigs for Jan. 24-30, also including Mandolin Orange, Wesley Stace's John Wesley Harding, Badi Assad, Malamanya, Phish's Mike Gordon and album release parties by Stolyette and Barbaro.
Two years since his transformation into the fun-loving but mindful rap star Nur-D, Matt Allen has unexpectedly turned into one of the most buzzed-abou

Nur-D embraces comics, video games and insecurity to be Minnesota hip-hop's new superhero

There's a serious side to the comics-loving rapper who tops the Best New Bands showcase.
Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada of Black Pumas.

Black Pumas talk busking, Grammys and Prince ahead of the Current birthday bash

The soul-rock duo is up for a best new artist Grammy but hardly inexperienced (see: Prince).
North Mississippi All-Stars, led by brothers Luther Dickinson (second from right) and Cody Dickinson (right), return to town Saturday at the Fine Line

Twin Cities concerts of the week: North Mississippi Allstars, Your Smith, Crystal Method, Dolly Parton tribute

The big gigs for Jan. 17-23, also including Jordan Davis, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Marielle Allschwang and Ron Pope.
Atmosphere’s Slug and Ant.

Slug says surprise Atmosphere album 'might seem like old guys yelling at clouds'

The Minneapolis hip-hop vet content with his elder status heading into another tour, saying "older rappers aren't trying to prove themselves as rappers, but as persons."
The Fillmore Minneapolis, Live Nation's ambitious new two-story 1,850-capacity music venue opened for a preview.

New Fillmore music hall gets ready to rock in downtown Minneapolis

Unlike many of the eight other Fillmores around the country, the Minneapolis one was built from the ground up.
From left, Jacob Hanson, Page Burkum, Jack Torrey, Phillip Hicks and Tyler Burkum of the Cactus Blossoms performed at the Turf Club.

These Minnesota acts are making themselves at home this January at St. Paul's Turf Club

Charlie Parr and the Cactus Blossoms have different reasons but similarly happy results for continuing their annual winter residencies.
Yola makes her Twin Cities debut Wednesday at the Fine Line after earning a best new artist nomination in the Grammys.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Yola, Nico Muhly with Pekka Kuusisto, Cash and Joplin tributes

The big gigs for Jan. 10-16, also including a benefit for the Cedar Ave. tower fire victims, G. Love, Peter Asher, Taylor McFerrin, the Mad Ripple Hootenanny and Atmosphere.
Billboards featuring Realtor Kris Lindahl blanket the Twin Cities.

Meet Kris Lindahl, the nice-guy Realtor behind the 600 annoying billboards

From childhood tragedy to kingpin Realtor, Kris Lindahl is everywhere — and insists he's only getting bigger.
Jack Torrey and Page Burkum of the Cactus Blossoms are once again settling in for weekly Monday gig at the Turf Club in January, where Charlie Parr is

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Charlie Parr, Cactus Blossoms, Keith Sweat and Radio K residency

The big gigs for Jan. 3-9, also including Rachael Kilgour, Le Vent du Nord and the Whiskey's Funky Sweater party.
Lexii Alijai

St. Paul rapper Lexii Alijai, 21, mourned by family and musical friends

She appeared on Kehlani's Grammy-nominated album and performed at Soundset and First Ave.
Soul Asylum (Winston Roye, Dave Pirner and Michael Bland are pictured.)credit: Soul Asylum

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Snowta festival, Soul Asylum, Cheap Trick, PaviElle

The big gigs for Dec. 27-Jan. 1, also including Heiruspecs, Anonymous Choir, Flipp and the Honeydogs.
Dessa performing with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Dessa, Big Thief and Lizzo top our music critic's 10 best albums and concerts of 2019

Riemenschneider's picks for the best albums and concerts of the year.
The Jayhawks return to the Palace Theatre on Saturday fresh off recording a new album. From left: Tim O'Reagan, Karen Grotberg, Gary Louris and Mark P

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Jayhawks, JD McPherson, the Bad Plus, Little Fevers

The big gigs for Dec. 20-26, also including Kinda Kinky, Mark Mallman's Peace on Earth, Paul Metsa's 40th anniversary, the BoDeans, Sara Evans and a Willie Walker tribute.
Duluth trio Low marks the 20th anniversary of its "Christmas" album Friday at the Fitzgerald Theater.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Holiday shows by Low, Blenders and Sounds of Blackness plus Brother Ali & D4

The big gigs for Dec. 13-19, also including the Joy Formidable, Alexander O'Neal and 311.
Pop-rock band Yam Haus quickly jumped from playing First Avenue’s Best New Bands showcase in January to selling out the venue for a headlining show

Nice-guy rockers Yam Haus cap off a winning year at First Avenue

Band members grew up together in Hudson, Wis., and still live there, sharing the same big dream.
Camila Cabello made her local headlining debut at the State Theatre in 2018 and returns Monday as part of Jingle Ball.

The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: KDWB Jingle Ball, Deadmau5, Curtiss A's Lennon tribute

The big gigs for Dec. 6-12, including Blackalicious, J.S. Ondara, Nicholas David and holiday shows by Martina McBride, Sunny Sweeney, Katie McMahon and the Old 97's.
After a year on the road, J.S. Ondara is looking forward to spending the winter in Minnesota — really.

Minnesota transplant J.S. Ondara has much to celebrate at First Ave homecoming gig

The Minneapolis folk-rocker returns home Saturday after a year of steady touring, including some Neil Young dates and a Newport Folk Fest set.
The women who are shaping the Twin Cities’ concert scene — front row from left: Amy Rahja (Target Center), Tamsen Preston (The Fillmore/Live Natio

Who's running the show? Women promoters dominate Twin Cities concert scene

From the State Fair to the State Theatre, the Twin Cities have an inordinate number of women talent buyers booking our concerts. Lucky us.
Trailer Trash performed for the Super Bowl Live series in 2018.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Trashy Little Xmas, Lydia Liza, Brockhampton, CeeLo

The big gigs for Nov. 29-Dec. 5, also including the Cactus Blossoms, Crescent Moon & Big Trouble, Kim Petras, Dead Man Winter residency and the annual Replacements tribute.
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy performed with his bandmates Friday night.

Returning to the Palace for another three-peat, Wilco gets back to business on Night 1

Jeff Tweedy and his Chicago crew played their new "Ode to Joy" songs and older picks with focus and drama Friday in St. Paul.
Cory Wong performs at Red Rocks Ampitheatre 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.
Wilco’s three-show stand in St. Paul this weekend will “lean on” their new record, “Ode to Joy.”

Wilco returns for another three-night 'Joy' ride at St. Paul's Palace Theatre

The band finishes its tour with another three-night gig at the Palace in St. Paul.
Elvis Costello is back in town to play the State Theatre on Saturday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Elvis Costello, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Booker T., Ike Reilly

The big gigs for Nov. 22-28, also including Ronnie Milsap, Poliça, Anthony Hamilton, Bobby Rush, Nancy Harms and Leo Kottke's usual Thanksgiving week gig.
Minneapolis' J.S. Ondara earned a Grammy nomination for best Americana album.

Minnesotans have some bragging rights in today's Grammy nominations

Even if Lizzo doesn't count as a local, J.S. Ondara, the Okee Dokee Brothers, Big Thief and some of Bon Iver's cohorts do.
Lizzo returned to her former hometown for two sold-out shows at the Armory in Minneapolis in early October.

Lizzo leads pack with 8 Grammy nominations, including best new artist

In a strong year for young women, voters screamed "Cuz I Love You" to the ex-Minnesotan.
Jerry Douglas joins hometown faves Pert Near Sandstone at First Ave on Saturday.

The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: Jesca Hoop, Novalima, Marc Cohn, Pert Near Sandstone

The big gigs for Nov. 15-21, also including Charlie Parr, Okee Dokee Brothers, King Diamond, Julia Jacklin and Blues Traveler.
Terry Katzman grew up by Lake Minnetonka and promoted new Minnesota bands up until the end.

Hüsker Dü, Replacements sound tech, Garage D'Or operator Terry Katzman dies

Terry Katzman could brag about his early involvement in the careers of many of the Twin Cities' biggest bands, including Hüsker Dü, the Replacements and…
“I Want My MTV” tells the story of the cable network’s creation.

5 must-see music films to catch at this week's Sound Unseen fest

The 20th annual festival of music-related films runs Tuesday through Sunday.
The O’Neill brothers, Tim and Ryan O’Neill at Creation Audio in Minneapolis, where they're recorded a majority of their 50-plus albums that have t

They're one of Minnesota's most-streamed music acts – and you probably haven't heard of them

Straight out of New Prague, piano duo the O'Neill Brothers have rolled with the times to become unlikely stars of digital streaming.
Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Sarah Hicks, before they began their encore.

Inside the making of Dessa's groundbreaking live album with Minnesota Orchestra

Two worlds collided as the Minneapolis hip-hop star recorded a live album with the biggest band in town.
Angel Olsen plays First Avenue on Tuesday amid raves for her new orchestral album, "All Mirrors."

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Angel Olsen, FKA Twigs, Trisha Yearwood, Kris Kristofferson

The big gigs for Nov. 8-14, also including an all-star benefit at Hook & Ladder, a Neil Young birthday tribute, Bishop Briggs and more.
Ellsworth Kelly designed “Austin,” a newly opened chapel.

Stay hip to booming Austin, Texas, where there's something new every year

In Texas' hippest city, stay up on the latest offerings, from Japanese barbecue to an artistic chapel.
The drama and gusto were strong as Celine Dion performed Friday night at Target Center in Minneapolis.

Celine Dion's heart still in it as she makes overdue Twin Cities pilgrimage

The Canadian diva finally left Vegas and brought her Courage Tour to Target Center.
"Scars to Your Beautiful" singer Alessia Cara opened for Shawn Mendes at Xcel Energy Center in June.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Celine Dion, Alessia Cara, Tyler Childers, Prairie Fire Lady Choir

This week's big gigs, also including Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tiffany Young, Janiva Magness and New Order's Peter Hook.
Last Import is one of the three bands with members born in the '90s paying tribute to bands from the '70s at 7th St. Entry on Halloween.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Halloween parties, Thievery Corp., Eilen Jewell, Rhiannon Giddens

The big gigs for Oct. 25-31, also including Richard Thompson, Gareth Emery, Ryan Bingham, A Day to Remember and rap duo Blimes & Gab.
Adrianne Lenker, bottom right, with her Big Thief bandmates. From left: guitarist Buck Meek, bassist Max Oleartchik and drummer James Krivchenia.

Big Thief is a little bit local: 'We lived in Coon Rapids, Plymouth, Maple Grove and some places I don't even remember'

With two acclaimed albums out this year, singer Adrianne Lenker has hardly had time to be at home in Minneapolis.
Explosions in the Sky (photo by Nick Simonite)

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Fall Jazz Fest, Explosions in the Sky, Trey Anastasio

The big gigs for Oct. 18-24, also including Frank Turner, Ingrid Michaelson, Big K.R.I.T., Tom Morello and Mpls. Ltd. XX