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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
Dessa flexed her musical muscles with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2019.

Dessa is hollerin' for Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in new tribute song

The Twin Cities hip-hop star delivered the "Hamilton"-inspired track at the behest of public radio's "Marketplace" — and President Biden, too.
Ace Frehley and Kiss played the St. Paul Civic Center in December 1977. Earlier that year the band released the live album “Alive II.”  Star Tribu

The best albums are live albums, especially during the pandemic

Why many of my all-time favorite records are concert LPs. Especially now in lieu of actual concerts.
Top, “Live at the Quick” by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Above, “Okie From Muskogee” by Merle Haggard.

Twin Cities musicians pick their favorite live albums

Picks from Cory Wong, PaviElle, Bill Lindsey and more.
Dessa and Stokley each dropped new singles this week, with more to come in 2021.

Hear new Minnesota singles from Dessa, Stokley, Mark Mallman

The new year is already loaded with new local music, also including Dan Israel's "Pandemic Blues."
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Dave Simonett and friends find More Light as live music remains dark

His drone music project is another sidestep as he awaits Trampled by Turtles' return.
Semisonic performed Friday night at the Basilica Block Party, including front man and guitarist Dan Wilson. ]   Aaron Lavinsky ¥ aaron.lavinsky@start

Semisonic's Dan Wilson sells publishing for songs including Adele, Chicks hits

The St. Louis Park native's deal with Primary Wave Publishing follows similar deals by Bob Dylan and Stevie Nicks.
The restored Gibson Les Paul Jr. shows the wear and tear of its previous owner, Paul Westerberg.

Guitar smashed by Paul Westerberg at old Guthrie now within your reach

Seemingly destroyed at a 2002 solo show, the hackneyed Gibson Les Paul Jr. was restored and is now up for auction.
Two new hosts at The Current – Maddie Schwappach and Zeke Salo. Photo provided by the Current.

The Current announces new on-air staff following troubled 2020

Radio K vet Maddie Schwappach and Go 95.3's ex-staffer Zeke Salo will be added in the coming weeks.
The Cloak Ox’s 2016 performance at Icehouse is among the 18 recordings revisited for the new compilation album.

'Icehouse Live' album released to help Minneapolis supper club survive winter

The 18-track collection features tracks by Greg Grease, the Cloak Ox, PaviElle, Erik Koskinen and Fat Kid Wednesdays.
First Avenue was boarded up in June, in the aftermath of unrest throughout the city.

The year in Minnesota music: best albums and most trying moments

Looking back on the most trying year ever in Minnesota music, including the 10 albums that rose above.
The owner of First Avenue, which has been closed since March, helped lead the push for federal relief.

Congress agrees to $15B for locally led Save Our Stages effort

First Avenue and Sen. Amy Klobuchar were instrumental in bringing relief to music venues and other performance spaces.
Provided Tin Whiskers of St. Paul makes a Salted Nut Roll Cream Ale.

Beermakers nationwide are nutty about Pearson's candy from St. Paul

Salted Nut Roll stouts and Nut Goodie porters are now on tap around the country.
Jason Isbell performed at the Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis in 2018.

Blue Ox Music Fest bumped to August 2021 with Jason Isbell, Shakey Graves

The rootsy Eau Claire area musical camp-out is usually held in June with local hosts Pert Near Sandstone.
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First Ave benefit album announced with Tweedy, Truckers, Dessa, Hold Steady

The pandemic-easing First Love Project arrives via a subscription service spearheaded by Kill Kancer's Mary Beth Mueller.
Bartender Cory Richter pours a beer at Modist Brewing in 2019.

Minneapolis' Modist Brewing and hip-hop duo Run the Jewels partner on new beer

No Save Point IPA is named after the rappers' single of the same name.
The Okee Dokee Brothers Joe Mailander, foreground, and Justin Lansing.

Minnesota's Okee Dokee Brothers withdraw from all-white Grammy Awards list

The folk duo teamed with two other nominees for best children's music album calling for more inclusivity
Charlie Parr performed at the Turf Club on January 6, 2020.

Charlie Parr, Soul Asylum will be First Ave's next livestream concerts

Parr's five-night January residency will coincide with a new album for the Smithsonian Folkways label.
Brother Ali, left, said he grew up hearing his late mom singing songs by Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens.

Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali calls Yusuf/Cat Stevens collaboration a 'great honor'

Ali guests on a remake of the folk-rock legend's 1970 album "Tea for the Tillerman," which brought up memories of his late mother.
Prince performs in his debut movie "Purple Rain," the 1984 rock opera about a young man's search for artistic accomplishment and love.

Was 1984 pop music's most blockbuster year?

A Twin Cities author makes the case for a Grammy lineup that was "the pop music version of the 1927 Yankees."