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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
Courtney Barnett last played in town at Rock the Garden outside Walker Art Center in 2019.

Aussie rocker Courtney Barnett wastes no time in no-nonsense Palace Theatre gig

REVIEW: Songs from her new album 'Things Take Time, Take Time,' offered a little escapism from the cold and chaos surrounding Saturday's show.
Zack de la Rocha last performed with Rage Against the Machine at Target Center during the Republican National Convention in 2008.

Minneapolis' twice-delayed Rage Against the Machine concerts are delayed again

The May 15-16, 2022, dates with Run the Jewels at Target Center will be rescheduled.
Low Cut Connie frontman Adam Weiner returns to First Avenue on Saturday after COVID canceled a special gig there in 2020.

Philly rockers Low Cut Connie ready to cut loose at First Avenue after two years of livestreaming

"We're doing this," singer Adam Weiner insisted of this month's tour, which brings his band here Saturday.
Kacey Musgraves gave “heartburn” new meaning during Wednesday’s opening “Star-Crossed” at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Country/pop star Kacey Musgraves burns bright in her emotional St. Paul tour opener

Review: The Texas singer's first date on her first arena-headlining tour used bright visual flourishes to offset her darker new tunes.
Soccer fans Abraham Opoti and Nachiket Karnik got riled up at Nomad World Pub (now Part Wolf) before a Minnesota United FC game in 2015.

It's closing time for the Minneapolis soccer, bocce and music bar once known as the Nomad

Its history dates to before Prohibition, but the former 5 Corners Saloon may not be a saloon anymore after Jan. 28.
Black Eyed Snakes with Low’s Alan Sparhawk, right, performed on an outdoor stage at Winona’s Mid West Music Fest in 2018.

Winona and Red Wing music festivals are back on for 2022 with Low, Polica, Haley

Big Turn Fest takes over Red Wing's Sheldon Theatre Feb. 18-19, while the Mid West Music Fest spreads out in downtown Winona April 29-30.
Cloud Cult will finally perform live again starting Feb. 12 in Lutsen ahead of its March 31-April 2 shows with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Cloud Cult comes 'Out of a Hole' ahead of spring album, Minnesota Orchestra gigs

The Upper Midwest band's first album in six years will arrive March 6 before their COVID-delayed Orchestra Hall dates.
Kacey Musgraves is calling her tour “Star-Crossed: Unveiled,” opening Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center.

Kacey Musgraves is happy to take her sad divorce record on the road, starting in St. Paul

The Texan country-turned-pop singer said she's "comfortable sharing the pain" on her latest album, "Star-Crossed."
Diane Miller takes over 7th St. Entry on Saturday to promote her new EP, “Earth to Diane.”

Radio host for the Current and club booker is now 'just Diane' as a musician

Diane Miller has quickly made a name for herself in Minneapolis as a performer, promoter and now "Local Show" host.
Jeff Tweedy, right, lifted up Gary Louris during a drag-down, knock-out Golden Smog performance at the 400 Bar in 2003 also with Son Volt alum Jim Boq

Golden Smog reunion is back on with Jeff Tweedy in tow for First Ave's April anniversary

Wilco's frontman and Big Star's Jody Stephens will rejoin the all-star Minnesotan cast for two shows April 2-3 marking the club's 52nd anniversary.
Jake Luppen and his band Hippo Campus played one of their few gigs of 2021 at Duluth’s Water Is Life festival in August.

Hippo Campus rolls out 'Ride or Die' single ahead of new album and TV gig on James Corden show

The Twin Cities pop-rockers are due on CBS's "Late Late Show" as they prepare for the Feb. 3 release of "LP3."
Motion City Soundtrack singer Justin Courtney Pierre relished playing the Basilica Block Party in September after postponing most of their other 2021

Rockers Motion City Soundtrack postpone winter tour due to omicron cases

"COVID has unfortunately hit our touring family," the band reported as it delayed shows through late February, including two at First Avenue.
Jon Bon Jovi showed off his New Jersey-bred “you want a piece of me?!” stance at Xcel Energy Center in 2017.

Bon Jovi will open 2022 tour in the Midwest in April, including an Xcel Center gig

St. Paul's April 3 show is the second date on the band's first trek in four years, following Omaha.
Sibling band Durry, left, is part of the Best New Bands of 2021 lineup at First Avenue on Friday along with blasting quartet Vial and rapper Kokou Kah

Meet the diverse entries in First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2021

Friday's show postponement allows extra time to get to know Durry, Evv, Vial and the other newcomers.
Jon Hamm, left, enjoyed some of the namesake decor at Palmer’s Bar in Minneapolis with owner Tony Zaccardi.

Actor Jon Hamm soaks up Minneapolis' dive-bar scene around NHL game

"Mad Men's" Don Draper was spotted all over town at Palmer's, Dusty's and Bryant-Lake Bowl during the frigid weekend.
First Ave owner Dayna Frank at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minn.

Arts person of the year: Dayna Frank of First Avenue led the way to save our stages

Hailed as "the Stacey Abrams of the concert industry," the club owner became a national leader who brought independent promoters together — and $173 million to Minnesota venues.
Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour,” top middle, and cover art from some of the other best albums of 2021.

Best albums of 2021 included Olivia Rodrigo, age 18, and Monk Boudreaux, age 80

Top picks for records of the year from our staff critics Chris Riemenschneider and Jon Bream.
Kiss the Tiger’s Meghan Kreidler seemed to be everywhere in 2021, from the Hook & Ladder in May (pictured here) to 7th St. Entry two weekends ago.

10 signs the Minnesota music scene was alive and well in 2021

Live music's successful re-entry and the many other ways local music made a comeback.
Lil Nas X performed last weekend at the Jingle Ball concert in Inglewood, Calif., before trekking to St. Paul on Monday.

Lil Nas X, Saweetie couldn't out-party Pitbull in Jingle Ball's return to St. Paul

Monday's annual concert with pop station KDWB at Xcel Center also featured Black Eyed Peas and Tai Verdes.
Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October.

Foo Fighters' suspended 2022 date in Minneapolis will now touch down at U.S. Bank Stadium

The Aug. 3 gig was bounced from the Gophers' stadium over the band's COVID safety practices, which will be followed on the Vikings' turf.
Chan Poling toasted concertgoers at the New Standards holiday show Dec. 3, 2021at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

New Standards' holiday concert is extra-joyful as the merry gentlemen return from a long break

Review: COVID and then a health-related hiatus by co-leader Chan Poling had threatened to derail the popular all-star shows for a second year.
Brothers Page Burkum, left, and Jack Torrey will release their third album on Feb. 11.

Cactus Blossoms announce new album 'One Day' and Turf Club residency for early 2022

The harmonious twangers previewed new songs last week at First Avenue, including "Hey Baby," which premiered online Friday.
Gully Boys band. Front row, Kathy Callahan and Natalie Klemond. Back row, Mariah Mercedes and Nadirah McGill.

Never mind the van heist, Minneapolis rockers Gully Boys are ready to roll into 2022 in 'comfort'

The nonconforming rock band is reprising its December residency at 7th St. Entry to end its up-and-down year on a high note.
Foo Fighters performed their final U.S. date of 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Foo Fighters abruptly pull 2022 concert from Gophers stadium over COVID policies

Citing the U facility's "refusal to agree" on vaccine requirements, the band said it is seeking a replacement venue.
Jason Isbell headlined the Basilica Block Party in 2018, about 17 years after he first came to Minneapolis as a member of the Drive-by Truckers.

Jason Isbell talks vaccines, Scorsese, John Prine and the wildest year of his music career

The celebrated Americana songwriter returns to the Armory after enforcing strict COVID protocols (and taking a lot of heat for it).
Ex-Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy, right, and Jeff Arundel became “pod buddies” during the pandemic to record together as the Scarlet Goodbye.

Minneapolis music vets say hello again with new rock duo the Scarlet Goodbye

Ex-Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy and songwriter-turned-restaurateur Jeff Arundel will preview their new album Friday.
Dua Saleh warmed up to acting once on set in Wales after only minimal experience with it on the Twin Cities stages.

St. Paul rapper Dua Saleh feels 'upheld' playing a nonbinary role on Netflix's 'Sex Education'

The Sudan native also has a new Pitchfork-endorsed EP, "Crossover," completed after months on set in Wales.
Siblings Austin and Taryn Durry formed their eponymous band during quarantine after Austin was forced to move back in with the family.

Being 'stuck in suburbia' at Mom and Dad's Burnsville home paid off for rock duo

The brother-and-sister band Durry generated nearly 1 million views on TikTok off a home recording that now has them being courted by the music industry.
Arnel Pineda, left, has been singing with Neal Schon and Journey since 2007.

Journey taps Billy Idol for another twofer flashback tour due at Xcel Center in March

Tickets go on sale Friday for the St. Paul concert, part of a 40-city trek.
Returning to town eight years after “retiring,” George Strait sang more than 30 songs Saturday night at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Texas giant George Strait heats up Minneapolis with help from ace-in-the-hole Chris Stapleton

Review: Despite being delayed into cooler weather, Saturday's U.S. Bank Stadium concert drew a sold-out crowd of 51,000 country music fans.
Craig Finn, top left, will reunite with his bandmates in the Hold Steady this weekend at First Avenue.

'It might get emotional' returning to First Avenue, warns the Hold Steady's Craig Finn

The Edina native's New York band is playing its first post-COVID shows on familiar ground.
Alanis Morissette and her explosive mid-’90s debut are the subject of “Jagged,” screening Wednesday night at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis.

5 films that will rock this week's Sound Unseen festival in Minneapolis

New documentaries on Alanis Morissette, Dinosaur Jr., Fanny and Material Issue lead the schedule for the 22nd annual film festival for music fans.
Justin Bieber posed with staff at the Lotus restaurant in Minneapolis on Sunday.

Chappelle, Bieber and Kanye sightings abound around Minneapolis over the weekend

The Lotus, Billy's Sushi and Electric Fetus each hosted the celebrities on Sunday around two separate Target Center events.
Kenny Chesney previously filled U.S. Bank Stadium in 2018.

Kenny Chesney reschedules in Minneapolis with big-name openers opposite We Fest 2022

Dan + Shay and Old Dominion have been added to a lineup now scheduled Aug. 6 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Jack Antonoff, front, returned to his frontman role with Bleachers on Tuesday at the Fillmore in Minneapolis.

Jack Antonoff's band Bleachers offers rollercoaster-like rush for fans at Fillmore Minneapolis

REVIEW: The big-name producer made a bigger name for his own group at Tuesday's sold-out, high-energy concert.
Roger Waters was last in town in 2017 when his Us + Them Tour hit Xcel Energy Center.

Roger Waters' Target Center date is rebooked again for 2022 with 'last hurrah' warning

The Pink Floyd co-founder is now scheduled in Minneapolis on July 30.
Brandi Carlile performed last month at OhanaFest in Dana Point, Calif.

Brandi Carlile is moving up to Xcel Center for her summer 2022 tour

Long a favorite in the Twin Cities, she announced a batch of dates following her 'SNL' appearance.
Mick Jagger showed little sign of slowing down during Sunday’s Rolling Stones concert at U.S. Bank Stadium.

5 lasting impressions from what was likely the Rolling Stones' last time in town

Takeaways as the smoke clears from Sunday's U.S. Bank Stadium concert in Minneapolis with Mick & Co.
Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, left, and Keith Richards with drummer Steve Jordan performed Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. One fan called the event “a very

Minnesota fans finally spend the night with Rolling Stones

After a year-plus wait and the loss of drummer Charlie Watts, the 45,000 concertgoers wondered if it could be the last time.
Elvis Costello, right, at 2019’s Americana Honors & Awards show in Nashville.

Vaccine-requiring Elvis Costello abruptly switches Mystic Lake gig for First Ave

Tickets for the Nov. 4 club show go on sale Thursday, while the casino tickets will be refunded.
Gully Boys at First Avenue’s annual Best New Bands showcase in January 2019.

Minneapolis rockers Gully Boys' stolen van turns up 'a total value loss'

The trio will be using a borrowed van and gear at upcoming shows, now including a 7th St. Entry residency newly announced for December.
Mick Jagger went incognito to the Thirsty Beaver Saloon before the Rolling Stones’ concert in Charlotte, N.C., last month.

7 places Mick Jagger should visit in the Twin Cities this weekend

He hit the town before Rolling Stones tour stops in Charlotte and Nashville. Here are some suggestions before Sunday's big gig at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Replacements circa 1981 around the making of “Sorry Ma,” from left: drummer Chris Mars, bassist Tommy Stinson (still in his early teens), fron

Yesterday's 'Trash:' New box set recasts the Replacements' first and most fun album

Unearthed treasures in "Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash" demonstrate the Minneapolis rock legends' greatness from the get-go.
Gully Boys’ alert about their stolen van and gear has been retweeted 800-plus times but has yet to turn up any solid leads.

Thieves ran off with Gully Boys' van and gear ahead of the Minneapolis rockers' tour

The punk trio is supposed to hit the road Friday, but widely shared tweets about the heist have come up short so far.
Cindy Lawson heads up a benefit at the Minneapolis Eagles Club with her own band and an all-star/all-female group. 

Minneapolis rock pioneer Cindy Lawson is back, and she means business

"Menopause is like my superpower," said the former Clams frontwoman, who's kicking up noise again with a new EP and all-star benefit Saturday for Afghan women.
Idles singer Joe Talbot intensely eyed the near-capacity crowd Thursday night at the Palace Theatre.

British punk band Idles promises to 'never forget' its unruly tour kickoff in St. Paul

REVIEW: The hard-blasting quintet's Palace Theatre gig in support of "Ultra Mono" was way overdue but not overhyped.
Brian Wicklund, left, formed the Barley Jacks after many years serving as a sideman to other bluegrass singers.

Meet two Minnesota bands freshening up the bluegrass scene, Barbaro and Barley Jacks

Each of the fun-loving groups has an album-release party at the Parkway Theater this month.
Paul Westerberg is superimposed over 7th St. Entry in the Replacements’ new ‘Takin’ a Ride’ video.

New video for Replacements' 'Takin' a Ride' loads up on Minneapolis faces and places

The tour-like clip arrived ahead of the 40th anniversary box set of the band's debut LP, "Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash."
Chan Poling stepped out from behind his piano during the New Standards’ holiday concerts in 2018 at the State Theatre.

New Standards announce 2021 holiday shows marking Chan Poling's return

"It's been a long dry spell," Poling noted as the Dec. 3-4 State Theatre concerts were announced Tuesday.
Lil Nas X performing at HOT 97 Summer Jam 2019 in East Rutherford, N.J.

Lil Nas X will ride to town for KDWB Jingle Ball with Kid Laroi, Saweetie, Black Eyed Peas

The annual radio concert once again falls on a Monday night, Dec. 6, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
New Kids on the Block’s first “mixtape tour” hit Xcel Energy Center in June 2019.

Right stuff? New Kids on the Block to hit Xcel Center with Salt-N-Pepa, En Vogue, Rick Astley

The late-'80s/early-'90s nostalgia fix will hit St. Paul on June 14.
British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks is on her first U.S. tour following the release of her album, “Collapsed in Sunbeams.”

British singer Arlo Parks generates a big buzz in her puny Minnesota debut

The West London viral sensation, 20, is playing small clubs like 7th St. Entry on her first U.S. tour.
Leon Bridges recorded his new album in Los Angeles but still calls Texas home.

Leon Bridges hopes to 'regain intimacy' as he returns to First Ave touting bold new album

The Texas R&B singer talks about how George Floyd's murder and "living in the moment" inspired his third LP, "Gold-Diggers Sound."
Gaelynn Lea won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016 and has frequently toured since then.

Minnesota music hero Gaelynn Lea headed to Broadway to score Daniel Craig-led 'Macbeth'

The Duluth violinist, singer and composer was picked for the lesser-known darker tones of her music.
Arlo Parks is a 20-year-old English songwriter who faces down despair on “Collapsed in Sunbeams,” her first album. Her Minneapolis debut is set fo

Comforting fans on her first U.S. tour, Britain's Arlo Parks feels 'useful and purposeful'

London jazz-pop artist Arlo Parks has one of fall's hottest tours after her breakout singles warmed listeners during the pandemic.
Bob Dylan on stage at the Hollywood Palladium in 2012.

Bob Dylan to resume Never-Ending Tour in November, but not in his home state

The Nov. 2 opening date in Milwaukee will mark the end to his longest hiatus from the road since the late 80s.
Shawn Mendes performed “Summer of Love” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12.

Shawn Mendes to fill Xcel Center with 'Wonder' on his summer 2022 tour

The Canadian pop star is also set to headline Summerfest in Milwaukee a few days before the July 9 gig in St. Paul.
Harry Styles performed at an earlier tour stop in St. Louis.

Minnesota fans happy to comply with Harry Styles in sold-out charm fest

Review: The former One Direction singer required masks and vaccines at his packed Xcel Center show.
Joe Paris Christensen, left, and Cameron Kinghorn worked on King Pari’s new EP during quarantine.

Twin Cities R&B/funk musicians find a new home in L.A. and new groove as King Pari

Cameron Kinghorn of Nooky Jones and Joe Christensen of PHO started experimenting together in Minnesota before relocating to California mid-pandemic.
In 2019: Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose, left, and Slash performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Oct. 4, 2019. Tuesday’s show was downsiz

Lots of distance for fans — social and otherwise — at Guns N' Roses show at Xcel Energy Center

Stars Axl Rose and Slash returned to a downsized Twin Cities crowd.
Trampled by Turtles’ members all joined in for Wilco’s finale “California Stars” at Treasure Island Casino Amphitheater on Saturday.

Wilco and Trampled by Turtles mix things up via Red Wing

The beloved Midwest Americana bands paired up for an outdoor co-headlining gig at Treasure Island's amphitheater.
Terence Blanchard

Liquid Music will settle into Minneapolis' Parkway Theater for 2021-22 salon series

Among the six scheduled shows are trumpeter Terence Blanchard, Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab and Minnesota violinist Ariana Kim.
Bob Mould and drummer Jon Wurster, shown here rehearsing in 7th Street Entry in 2014. return to the road Thursday.

First Ave-bound Bob Mould sternly urges fans 'do the right things' ahead of fall tour

The ex-Minnesota punk legend's video asks for masks and adherence to vaccine rules, or else '[we could] lose our livelihood again.'
Katie Crutchfield lamented during Sunday's First Avenue concert about not getting to "tour in a timely manner" for Waxahatchee's 2020 album "Saint Clo

A year late, Waxahatchee shines a clear light on golden album at First Ave

REVIEW: Katie Crutchfield's band played its "Saint Cloud" LP in full.
Lizzo returned with a new backing band and 14-piece dance troupe for a sold-out show Saturday at Treasure Island amphitheater, her first concert since

Lizzo's 'Truth' sets fans free again in sold-out, feel-good comeback concert

The ex-Minnesotan pop/hip-hop star returned to the stage at Treasure Island with a new band and renewed joy.
AJR headlined Friday evening at the Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis.

Basilica Block Party returns with strong vaccine rules but a much-needed party

Review: The block party returned with vaccine rules and minus a headliner.
Scott Avett, left, and Seth Avett are hoping to return to the stage next week.

Basilica Block Party headliners Avett Brothers cancel due to COVID exposure

The band also put off a Moorhead gig "out of an abundance of caution," leaving Spoon to top Saturday's party lineup in Minneapolis.
St. Vincent hits the Armory on Sept. 14 supporting her provocative new album “Daddy’s Home.”

St. Vincent pledges 'permission to go crazy' as '70s-inspired tour hits Minneapolis

St. Vincent heads to the Armory with a new album and look partially inspired by her father and '70s heroines.
Dave Simonett, left, and Tim Saxhaug returned to the road to play Tennessee’s Caverns Amphitheater in June.

Trampled by Turtles' Minnesota homecoming gigs exemplify the varying approaches to COVID rules

The band's show at Grand Rapids' Riverfest on Friday will require vaccines or test results, but its Treasure Island Casino Ampitheater date with Wilco next weekend will not.
Malamanya filled the refurbished Uptown VFW event space in 2017 and is returning Oct. 1.

Live music returns this weekend to Uptown VFW with added vaccine policy

The venue side of the James Ballentine VFW Post 246 in south Minneapolis was renovated to accommodate bands in 2016.
Machine Gun Kelly previously played to a packed crowd at the Armory during the Final Four tournament in 2018.

Concerts at the Armory in Minneapolis crank up this month without a set vaccine policy

Machine Gun Kelly will play to a packed house Thursday without safety protocols, but Kesha and St. Vincent added their own policies.
Museumgoers read and listened at one of the countless interactive displays that inform at the NMAAM.

Nashville's new Black music museum is out of place but spot-on

What's the National Museum of African American Music doing in Nashville? We visited to find out.
Benjamin and Drew Rosas posed in front of the Orpheum Theatre in 2018 before “Hamilton,” now scheduled for 2023 after being postponed last year.

Hennepin theaters in Minneapolis will also now require vaccines and masks

Children under 12 will be exempt from the requirements for vaccination or test results at the Orpheum, State and Pantages.
Low’s Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker and Liz Draper warmed up for their tour Tuesday at Icehouse in Minneapolis.

Surprise gig at Icehouse showcases Low's new album and bassist

The Duluth trio played an unannounced set Tuesday to test-drive its new Sub Pop album, 'Hey What.'
Kacey Musgraves last played in Minnesota headlining the Basilica Block Party in 2019.

Kacey Musgraves announces 'Star Crossed' tour kickoff Jan. 19 at Xcel Center

The country-pop singer will start her 15-city trek behind her new album "Star Crossed" in St. Paul.