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Chris Riemenschneider

Columnist/Reporter | Local Music
Phone: 612-673-4658

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
Duran Duran performs in Times Square for the New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31, 2022, in New York.

Duran Duran coming to Minnesota State Fair in 2023 after storms canceled a 2022 gig

The first grandstand concert announced for 2023 will also feature openers Bastille and Nile Rodgers' Chic.
Parker McCollum is driving to the Armory in Minneapolis

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Highlights for Feb. 9-15 include Parker McCollum, Bruce Cockburn, Kiss the Tiger and Valentine's shows
Singer Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performs during the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York in 2018.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs announce first Minnesota gig in a decade June 3 at Armory

Karen O's band took a nine-year break between albums.
Tim Burgess of the ’90s British band the Charlatans has enjoyed success on the side with his Twitter music-fan parties.

Charlatans UK singer doubles up with 'Listening Party' ahead of First Ave gig

Tim Burgess began his Twitter parties during COVID lockdown, and he's still doing them. Even on tour.
The Honeydogs’ “Everything, I Bet You” will arrive on vinyl, and Polara’s “C’est La Vie” is now streaming, a first in each case.

Minnesota bands Polara and Honeydogs dust off '90s albums with new campaigns

Two of Polara's albums for Interscope are finally streaming online, while the Honeydogs' second LP is coming on vinyl.
Beyoncé performs during the the 94th Oscars, March 2022, in Los Angeles.

Tips for scoring tickets to Beyoncé and other major concerts post-Taylor Swift

Fans will still have to navigate Ticketmaster's Verified Fan program for the Queen Bey tour. Good luck.
Bryan Adams performs during the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Toronto in 2017.

Bryan Adams coming in summer of '23 to St. Paul with Joan Jett

The '80s hitmakers will pair up July 3 at Xcel Energy Center on another nostalgic twofer tour.
Beyoncé appeared at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on March 14, 2021.

At last, Beyoncé announces Renaissance Tour with July 20 date in Minneapolis

Her outdoor show at Huntington Bank Stadium will be sold through Ticketmaster's Verified Fan program, same as the much-maligned Taylor Swift tour.
Ana Popovic brings her guitar back to the Dakota

The big gigs: 9 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Highlights for Feb. 1-8 include Ana Popovic, Umphrey's McGee, Erik Koskinen, Bush and Bad Bad Hats.
Rapper Future performed on The Future Hndrxx Tour at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore in 2017.

Atlanta rap star Future coming to Target Center in April with 'friends'

The "Life Is Good" hitmaker landed another big single last year with "Wait for U."
The sign near the upstairs bar touted the Green Room, a new 350-capacity venue in the former Pourhouse site in Minneapolis’ Uptown commercial distri

Introducing the Green Room, 'bringing live music back to Uptown' in Minneapolis

The new 350-capacity, two-story rock club aims to fill a hole that many believe has existed since the closing of the Uptown Bar & Grill.
Bassist John Munson, drummer Jacob Slichter, and guitarist and vocalist Dan Wilson, from left, of Semisonic early in their show at Icehouse in Minneap

Review: Reopening time for Semisonic begins with intimate Icehouse gig before First Ave shows

The "Closing Time" hitmakers picked from their first new release in 19 years Wednesday — and even newer songs than that.
Ice Cube, seen here at the Soundset festival in 2015, returns to the Twin Cities for two shows this week at Mystic Lake Casino.

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Highlights for Jan. 23-Feb. 1 include Ice Cube, Semisonic, Robert Glasper and Lake Street Dive.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks during the Judiciary Committee hearing on promoting competition in live entertainment,

Klobuchar leads Senate hearing on Ticketmaster 'debacle'

Taylor Swift's upcoming tour and the Twin Cities arenas were brought up as Ticketmaster's CFO was grilled by senators.
Kix Brooks, left, and Ronnie Dunn were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2019 in Nashville, Tenn.

Country duo Brooks & Dunn will hit St. Paul on first tour in over a decade

The "Play Something Country" hitmakers will return to Xcel Energy Center on June 3 following Omaha and Sioux Falls dates.
Northeast Iowa-based singer/songwriter Lissie performed at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand in 2018 with Trampled by Turtles.

Music & Storytellers series returning to Woman's Club with Lissie, Dave Simonett and more

The March 12-May 13 program in Minneapolis will also feature Sue Scott, Paul Metsa and members of Kiss the Tiger.
Zach Bryan performs at the Railbird Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in Lexington, Ky.

Zach Bryan and the National both announce Aug. 9, 2023, concerts in Minneapolis

Bryan will be moving up to Target Center, while the National will try out the Armory.
New York-to-Minneapolis transplant Rafaella performs Friday at First Avenue after working with a prior entry in the annual Best New Bands showcase, Hi

Meet the 6 other entries in First Ave's Best New Bands of 2022

Friday's annual showcase also features Rafaella, Mike Kota, Obi Original and Killusonline.
Julia Eubanks, right, started Creeping Charlie with her sister Esmé during COVID lockdown.

Sister-helmed, quarantine-born Creeping Charlie leads First Ave's Best New Bands of 2022

Julia Eubanks came home to Minneapolis from college in Los Angeles with a batch of songs that stuck.
Adam Levy, Barb Brynstad and Savannah Smith celebrate their second album as Turn Turn Turn at the Dakota on Friday.

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Live music highlights for Jan. 19-25 include Turn Turn Turn, Ani DiFranco, Suki Waterhouse and Drone Not Drones.
Madonna performs at the Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2015.

Madonna is coming to St. Paul again, and this time she's promising the hits

Her third stop at Xcel Energy Center comes a few week into her Celebration Tour, marking four decades in music.
Alan Sparhawk played Low’s last Twin Cities concert at Rock the Garden in June.

Minnesota indie bands fight for rights to '90s recordings: 'We get the runaround'

An online petition last week asking Universal Music to release Low's early albums was the latest sign of corporate catalog inertia.
NFL regular Ludacris performed during the Madden Bowl XXII in San Francisco in 2016.

Vikings recruit Ludacris to perform at Sunday's playoff game vs. Giants

The Atlanta rapper's halftime appearance in Minneapolis precedes his St. Paul gig with Janet Jackson in May.
James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica played one of two opening-weekend concerts at U.S. Bank Stadium on August 20, 2016.

Single-day tickets to Metallica's 2024 'No Repeat Weekend' in Minneapolis go on sale Jan. 20

Prices will start at $50 for cheap seats to one of the metal gods' two shows next year at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Tommy Stinson ended his performance at the Current’s 11th birthday party in a familiar part of First Avenue in 2015.

Tommy Stinson postpones gigs for hip surgery, including rescheduled Turf Club date

He's due back in action in time to play the makeup date in St. Paul with his daughter, Ruby Stinson.
Jeff Arundel, left, and ex-Soul Asylum guitarist Daniel Murphy celebrate their first album as the Scarlet Goodbye at the Uptown VFW on Friday.

The big gigs: 9 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Concert highlights for Jan. 12-18 include Rebirth Brass Band, Dry Cleaning, Sounds of Blackness, SPCO and the Scarlet Goodbye's release party.
Jake Luppen and his band Hippo Campus played Duluth’s Water Is Life festival in 2021.

Minnesota acts line the Bonnaroo 2023 lineup under Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar

Hippo Campus, Yung Gravy and Cory Wong made the cut for the June 15-18 mega-fest in Tennessee.
Stevie Nicks and Billy Joel will pair up at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in November.

Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks are U.S. Bank Stadium's 'major concert' announcement for Nov. 10

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers are pairing up for a 2023 co-headlining U.S. tour that includes other football stadiums.
Maria Isa Pérez-Vega performed at the Rise for Roe rally in St. Paul in October while also campaigning for the Minnesota House of Representatives Dis

New Minnesota state Rep. Maria Isa Pérez-Vega drops a rap album the same day she's sworn in

Maria Isa Pérez-Vega released the EP "Capitolio" to emphasize that she's not giving up the music career she began in her teens.
Brandon Commodore

The big gigs: 8 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Highlights for Jan. 5-11 include Brandon Commodore's NRG, Acoustic Bowie, Eleganza and Dosh.
Lizzo and the Cactus Blossoms were among the Minnesota-reared acts to make the Current’s Top 89 Songs of 2022.

Minnesotans (and one ex-Minnesotan) filled the Current's Top 89 songs of 2022 list

Cloud Cult, the Cactus Blossoms, Trampled by Turtles and Lizzo were among the homegrown acts with songs favored by listeners at year's end.
Martin Dosh is stepping out into the cold to perform at Icehouse every Monday in January with  a blizzard-like guest list.

Top Minnesota musicians plan January residencies at Twin Cities area clubs

This year's weekly winter offerings include Martin Dosh, Charlie Parr, the Cactus Blossom and transplanted indie-rock act Yellow Ostrich.
Our critics favorite albums of 2022 included ones by (top from left) Ricki Monique, Beyoncé, Eleganza and (bottom from left) Spoon, What’s Her Name

What were the best albums you heard in 2022? Our critics name their top 30

Best albums of 2022 included Spoon, Big Thief, SZA, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé.
Brandi Carlile gets happy at Xcel Energy Center

What were the best concerts you saw in 2022? Our critics name their top 20

Brandi Carlile and Kendrick Lamar were among the remarkable shows.
Brandi Carlile lit up Xcel Energy Center and many other stages in 2022.

The top 20 Minnesota concerts and 30 best albums of 2022

Who was tops in pop?
The Snowta electronic dance music festival returns to the Armory on Friday and Saturday after a two-year hiatus.

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Highlights for Dec. 29-Jan. 4 include Snowta EDM fest, Morris Day and Davina & the Vagabonds
Heiruspecs, shown in 2016, reunite once again with their first album in eight years

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Highlights for Dec. 22-28 include the Bad Plus, Heiruspecs, Kinda Kinky Christmas and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Greg Brown posed for the Star Tribune on his family’s farm near Douds, Iowa, in 2002, the year a Brown tribute album arrived featuring Lucinda Willi

'I'm done,' Iowa folk hero Greg Brown contends ahead of Minneapolis shows

His retirement gigs at the Cedar come as one of the Avett Brothers issued a tribute album to him.
Nikki Lane, seen here at Rock the Garden in 2018, returns to Minneapolis to play the Fine Line on Saturday.

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see this week in the Twin Cities

Concert highlights for Dec. 15-21 include Nikki Lane, the Big Wu, Beach Boys, Metz and Samantha Fish.
Janet Jackson inducted Minneapolis natives Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in November in Los Angeles

Janet Jackson will return to Twin Cities in May 2023 to play Xcel Center

Ludacris will open her tour, due to kick off in April with a new album also on the way.
Camille Gage became a visual artist and activist after her ’80s rock group Têtes Noires disbanded.

From First Ave to the Weisman, Camille Gage 'had this amazing spark'

The visual artist and singer for Têtes Noires died of cancer at age 66.
Wyn Starks spotlighted his coming-out song, “Who I Am,” a favorite of his late twin brother, on “America’s Got Talent.” He moved to Nashvill

From north Minneapolis to 'America's Got Talent,' Wyn Starks sings for healing

Soul-pop singer Wyn Starks returns to Minneapolis for a show at 7th St. Entry on his first headlining tour.
Scott Avett, left, and Seth Avett and their namesake band will headline the Blue Ox fest next June.

Eau Claire's Blue Ox Fest lines up Avett Brothers, Phish's Mike Gordon for 2023

The June 22-24 roots music campout will also feature Charley Crockett, Sam Bush Band, Yasmin Williams and Infamous Stringdusters.
Curtiss A returns to First Avenue on Thursday for his all-star crew’s 43rd annual tribute to John Lennon.

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Highlights for Dec. 8-14 including Curtiss A's Lennon tribute, the 1975, Lissie, Bill Frisell and holiday shows with José James and the Blenders.
Anthony Kiedis, left, and Flea last performed in Minnesota with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2017.

Red Hot Chili Peppers to hit U.S. Bank Stadium in April with the Strokes

The April 8 indoor gig will be the openers' first Twin Cities date since 2006, with King Princess also in tow.
Colfax Abbey tore it up in the early-’90s and now opens up the new Third Man Records compilation, “Southeast of Saturn, Vol. 2.”

Twin Cities shoegaze bands of the '90s get a reboot via Jack White's label

"Southeast of Saturn 2" features tracks by the 27 Various, Shapeshifter and Fauna.
Gunhild Carling kicks off a U.S. tour in Minneapolis

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Highlights for Dec. 1-7 include the New Standards, Ne-Yo, Leo Kottke, Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Gunhild Carling
Metallica performed in Philadelphia in 2017, the last year it widely toured.

Metallica to play a 'no repeat' weekend August 2024 at Minneapolis stadium

The Aug. 16 and 18 concerts at U.S. Bank Stadium will feature two-night passes and different set lists.
Dave Simonett, left, and Tim Saxhaug returned to the road to play Tennessee’s Caverns Amphitheater in June.

Review: Trampled by Turtles honor Low in sold-out Armory gig behind new album 'Alpenglow'

Alan Sparhawk joined the acoustic sextet in a nearly two-hour Minneapolis set laden with homages to Duluth.
Morrissey performed at Five Point Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif., in 2019.

Morrissey strikes again, postponing Friday's Fillmore Minneapolis show due to illness

The former Smiths singer hopes to make up the date, though history suggests he may not fulfill it.
Yung Gravy returns home to Minnesota after cracking the Billboard Hot 100 with “Betty (Get Money).”

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Highlights for Nov. 24-30 include Yung Gravy, Morrissey, Trampled by Turtles, Dianne Reeves and Daryl Hall.
Joe Rainey grew up in south Minneapolis and was a part of the Little Earth and Red Lake tribal communities.

Minneapolis Native Joe Rainey thankful to be 'elevating powwow music'

The Ojibwe singer/drummer hits Friday's Decolonize Thanksgiving concert with a strong buzz for his innovative album "Niineta."
Sa-Roc’s album for Rhymesayers, “The Sharecropper’s Daughter,” is based on her family’s post-slavery roots in Virginia.

D.C. rapper Sa-Roc becomes a favorite 'Daughter' at Minneapolis' Rhymesayers label

Her 7th St. Entry gig Sunday follows standout appearances at Soundset and a two-year wait to tour.
Katie Crutchfield (aka Waxahatchee), left, and Jess Williams paired up in the new duo Plains, playing First Ave on Friday.

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Chris Botti, Plains, Steve Vai, Ike Reilly, Rodney Crowell and Sa-Roc top the concert highlights for Nov. 17-23.
Lizzo on the red carpet at last year’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Lizzo is among the leading 2023 Grammys nominees with Beyoncé, Adele, Taylor Swift

Women dominated the top categories announced Tuesday ahead of the Feb. 5 ceremony in Los Angeles.
Pink’s last Twin Cities concerts were consecutive sold-out shows at Xcel Energy Center in 2018 and 2019.

Pink to become Target Field's first female concert headliner next August

She will be joined by newly inducted rock hall-of-famer Pat Benatar at the Minneapolis ballpark on Aug. 10.
Win Butler of Arcade Fire performed earlier this year at the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif.

Review: Fans still turn out for Arcade Fire in Minneapolis despite singer's troubles

Win Butler stepped back and let his band shine at the Armory after sexual misconduct allegations.
Taylor Swift performed at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2018, but she hasn’t toured America since 2017.

Taylor Swift adds second concert in Minneapolis as demand for her Eras Tour soars

The June 23 date at U.S. Bank Stadium will help fans clamoring for seats to the already-announced June 24 show.
British singer/songwriter Beth Orton hits the Cedar Cultural Center on Saturday with her first album in six years, “Weather Alive.”

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Dave Matthews, Joshua Bell and SPCO, Beth Orton and the Backseat Lovers lead our concert highlights for Nov. 10-16.
Mimi Parker with Low’s Alan Sparhawk, left, and Steve Garrington circa 2014.

Robert Plant, Sleater-Kinney and many more send tributes to late Low singer Mimi Parker

Parker's funeral is set for Thursday in Duluth, where a silent vigil was also held Sunday night.
The Strokes are part of the early 2000s New York music scene revisited in the new documentary “Meet Me in the Bathroom.”

'Meet Me in the Bathroom' and 4 other movies to see/hear in Sound Unseen fest

The Strokes-led NYC rock doc leads the 23rd annual lineup for Twin Cities music fans' favorite film fest.
Mimi Parker, drummer for Low, performed at Rock the Garden in June outside Walker Art Center.

6 songs that highlight Mimi Parker's contributions as a singer in Low

The band's co-founder, who died of cancer over the weekend, sometimes went it alone on vocals to great effect.
Mimi Parker performed during Low’s opening set with Wilco at the Palace Theatre in November 2019.

Duluth music hero Mimi Parker of the rock trio Low has died from cancer at 55

Radiohead and Robert Plant were among the famous fans of the Minnesota band she led with her husband, Alan Sparhawk.
Keith Urban performed the final U.S. show of his “The Speed of Now Tour” Saturday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Review: Keith Urban finishes strong in St. Paul with help from Tyler Hubbard, Kelsea Ballerini

The Aussie country star's tour finale at Xcel Energy Center offered a few surprises, plus the usual dazzling guitar work.
Billy Corgan and James Iha, left to right, the lead singer and guitarist of The Smashing Pumpkins, respectively, play guitar with each other during th

Review: Smashing Pumpkins and Jane's Addiction revisit Gen X glory days in St. Paul

Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan seemed content playing the oldies during the '90s twofer at Xcel Energy Center.
Fast-rising country phenom Zach Bryan performed to a packed, fawning crowd at Surly Brewing Festival Field last month.

Bon Iver, Zach Bryan to headline Upper Midwest's hippest music fest in (checks notes) Iowa

Maggie Rogers, Angel Olsen, Sylvan Esso and Orville Peck are also on the 2023 lineup for Hinterland near Des Moines.
Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins return Friday with Jane’s Addiction

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Concert highlights for Nov. 3-9 include Smashing Pumpkins, Tegan and Sara, Keith Urban and Pentatonix.
Jason Aldean performed at 2019’s Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

'Woke'-mocking country star Jason Aldean coming to Treasure Island amphitheater in 2023

The outdoor casino gig was announced amid backlash to comments by the singer's wife Brittany Aldean about transgender children.
Taylor Swift performed at the Jingle Bell Ball in December 2019 at London’s O2 Arena.

Swifties, rejoice! Taylor Swift's 2023 Eras Tour to hit Minneapolis on June 24

Tickets for the U.S. Bank Stadium gig and other dates go on sale Nov. 18 and will be priced $49-$450.
Shania Twain previously packed Xcel Energy Center in 2018 on her second tour since a long hiatus.

Comeback queen Shania Twain will return to Xcel Center in May 2023

The Canadian megastar, who went on hiatus in the early 2000s, has another record coming soon titled "Queen of Me."
Dave Simonett, left, and Jeff Tweedy during the recording sessions for “Alpenglow” in late 2021.

How Wilco's Jeff Tweedy tweaked Trampled by Turtles' overdue album

Minnesota's acoustic sextet was supposed to record while sidelined in 2020 but waited. It paid off.
Noah Cyrus performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival earlier this month.

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Concert highlights for Oct. 26-Nov. 6 include Noah Cyrus, DaBaby, Joanne Shaw Taylor and locals Dylan Hicks, the Suburbs and Durry.
Maren Morris performed on NBC’s “Today” show in July and will now hit the Armory on Friday.

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Concert highlights for Oct. 20-26 include Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood, Dessa and a Sons-less Marcus Mumford.
Beck packed the Palace Theatre in St. Paul in 2017.

Beck cancels from Arcade Fire's troubled Minneapolis concert, but no refunds offered

Haitian band Boukman Eksperyans will now open the Nov. 13 Armory gig, following sexual misconduct allegations against Arcade Fire's singer.
Semisonic bassist John Munson and frontman Dan Wilson previewed new songs at the Basilica Block Party in 2019.

Semisonic announces January gigs at First Ave after COVID kept delaying its return

The two-night stand by the "Closing Time" hitmakers will double as the Current's 18th anniversary parties.