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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
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.
Ronnie Wood, left, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were already planning to tour with fill-in drummer Steve Jordan for their upcoming No Filter Tour.

Rolling Stones 'moving ahead' on tour despite Charlie Watts' death

COVID safety concerns have not been addressed for the (indoor) Minneapolis date, but a fill-in drummer had already been announced for the trek.
Chan Poling in his St. Paul home in 2018.

Singer Chan Poling is sidelined again from Suburbs, New Standards gigs

The frontman is undergoing Mayo Clinic treatment but hopes to return for his usual holiday concerts.
Leon Bridges performing at August’s Railbird Music Festival in Lexington, Ky.

10 Twin Cities pop concerts we're most excited to see in fall 2021

The EaglesVince Gill and Deacon Frey, son of the late Glenn Frey, have breathed new life into the band, whose 2018 concert at Target Field…
Harry Styles performed on NBC’s “Today” show in February 2020 not long before postponing his tour.

Harry Styles announces strictest COVID tour policies yet ahead of St. Paul gig

All dates on the British pop star's tour will require masks in addition to proof of vaccine or negative test results.
Musician Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones performs during Desert Trip at the Empire Polo Field on Oct. 14, 2016 in Indio, California. (Kevin Winter

Charlie Watts was low-key but irreplaceable at Stones concerts

Was Watts' death also the end of the band? We may find out in October.
The Jonas Brothers performed at the Armory in Minneapolis during the Final Four tournament in April 2019.

Jonas Brothers' Mystic Lake concert is in jeopardy over vaccine dispute

The band wants vaccine requirements at shows, but the casino says that's against its protocols.
Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day, opened with "American Idiot" as Green Day performed at the Hella Mega Tour at Target Field in Minneapo

Target Field finally rocks again (and sees hits) with Green Day's Hella Mega Tour

Radio hits and metallic vibes fueled Monday's packed ballpark show with Fall Out Boy and Weezer.
Phoebe Bridgers is moving all of her upcoming tour dates outside and adding vaccine or test-result requirements.

Phoebe Bridgers moves venues, Low Cut Connie cancels at State Fair as COVID worries rise

Bridgers' two nights in the Palace are now one night outside Surly as she's moving all her tour dates outdoors.
Yam Haus with Lars Pruitt headlines the Leinie Lodge Bandshell on Sept. 5 and 6.

Our daily picks for 24 Minnesota music acts to see at the State Fair

Our critic recommends four local acts per day to meet the pent-up demand for live music in 2021.
Julian “Junior” Marvin, center front, will lead the Legendary Wailers at the Minnesota State Fair.

Which Wailers are which? Two versions of Bob Marley's band hit Minnesota

First Avenue and the State Fair to host different versions of Bob Marley's band.
Fans took in the Shins at the Basilica Block Party in 2017 outside the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.

Basilica Block Party will require COVID vaccine or test results

The Sept. 10-11 fest is now the Twin Cities' biggest music event to implement this plan.
Dr. Mambo's Combo performing at Bunker's in Minneapolis in 2017, its 30th year there.    ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • - Oc

Bunker's nightclub temporarily closes due to COVID cases

The North Loop live music mainstay had only just reopened July 8 after 15 dark months.
Billie Joe Armstrong, of Green Day, performed at the American Music Awards on Nov. 24, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Sizing up the bands in Target Field's Green Day-led Hella Mega concert

Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy hit Target Field with a long playlist of radio hits.
Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon performed in the Water is Life Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on Wednesday.

Water Is Life protest concert draws diverse, dedicated crowd to Duluth waterfront

Native voices mixed with Bon Iver, Hippo Campus and other rock acts at the festival.
Justin Vernon is coming out of quarantine to headline Wednesday’s Water Is Life Festival in Duluth with Bon Iver.

Justin Vernon planning an 'urgent' return with Bon Iver in Duluth on Wednesday

The Wisconsin indie-rock star headlines the Water Is Life Festival protest concert.
Cardi B, left, and Lizzo drop a few bombshells in the new single and video “Rumors.”

Lizzo spreads 'Rumors' with Cardi B, salacious first single from new album

The video features the two hip-hop superstars getting their Cleopatra on.
Yam Haus, Photo by Michael Becker

Local musicians 'savor' State Fair free gigs a year later than planned

Playing the State Fair in 2021 was a beacon of hope for many local musicians after 2020's bonanza of cancellations.
Justin Vernon will perform at the Water Is Life Festival in Duluth.

Our Friday best: Water Is Life Festival, Bay Front Blues Festival

Water Is Life FestivalLanding the first Bon Iver show in Minnesota in over two years would be remarkable enough, but the Water Is Life Festival…
David Joles, Star Tribune Jason Isbell’s hard stance on vaccine requirements prompted a change in policies at next week’s Blue Ox Music Festival i

Midwest music festivals grapple with new COVID rules

The Blue Ox fest with Jason Isbell will require proof of vaccine.
The new version of the Replacements’ “Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash” will cost customers $80.

Sorry, Replacements fans: Another box set is coming based on their 1981 debut

A four-CD, one-LP version of the Minneapolis antiheroes' 'Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash" is due out Oct. 22.
Davis Jaeger, of Eden Prairie, center left, sings along to Florida Georgia Line as they close out the night during the first day of We Fest on Thursda

Rebooted WE Fest gives Minnesota country fans a defiantly good time

Nostalgia for the old days and strong new acts fueled the country festival's comeback.
Zach Moore, center, of Duluth, sings along with friends during the first day of We Fest on Thursday, August 5, 2021, in Detroit Lakes.

WE Fest fans 'ready to tear it up' as country bash returns to Detroit Lakes

On Day 1, thousands of campers settled into RV and tent sites before parking themselves in lawn chairs and beer lines surrounding the massive hillside stage.
The lights are back on at First Avenue, but the challenges of COVID-19 persist for the Minneapolis venue.

First Avenue to require vaccine proof or test results at all concerts

The policy will be effective immediately at all its venues including the Palace and Turf Club.
After a pre-COVID planned year off, We Fest hopes country fans are ready to return to the state’s largest music festival.

We Fest's return: 5 changes at Minnesota's biggest music festival

Live Nation is co-helming the return of Minnesota's biggest music festival.
The Woodstock ‘99 festival is looked back on as a “disaster” and “horror film” in a new HBO documentary, but was it really that bad? ORG XMI

What was it really like to be at Woodstock '99? Our critic criticizes new documentary

Yes, the treatment of women was truly horrible, but other facets of the festival weren't entirely bad.
Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performed at the New Yorker Festival in 2019.

Bon Iver to head up Line 3 protest concert Aug. 18 at Duluth's Bayfront Park

The Water Is Life festival will benefit Winona LaDuke's Honor the Earth with First Ave and many more performers involved.
Concertgoers sang along to Brett Young at the Twin Cities Summer Jam at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., on Friday, July 23, 2021. ] RENEE JONES SC

Fans come out for return to Twin Cities Summer Jam

Friday's Carrie Underwood-led lineup at Canterbury Park put the fest back on track.
Prof was riding high in 2019 at the Soundset Festival on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. JEFF WHEELER / Star Tribune

Backlash over Prof concert in Rochester won't stop this weekend's show

Last year's MeToo wave in Minnesota's music scene has spilled over into the state's first big hip-hop concert since the pandemic.
The Rolling Stones started up their No Filter in 2019 but had to delay the 2020 dates due to COVID-19.

Rolling Stones' rescheduled U.S. Bank Stadium date set for Oct. 24

Postponed by the pandemic in 2020, the band will hit Minneapolis again on a newly rescheduled 13-city No Filter Tour.
Sasha Cassadine performed for the crowd at Crave in Minneapolis.

Flip Phone's Chad Kampe has become the Twin Cities' king of drag-queen parties

With his drag events company Flip Phone, Chad Kampe has gone from schoolteacher to LGBTQ party master.
New hardwood floors contrasted the many old traits inside the Turf Club last week as crews worked toward this week’s reopening shows with Dessa, Nig

Wrecked in rioting, St. Paul's rebuilt Turf Club looks a lot like before

Heavily damaged in riots last spring, St. Paul's beloved music venue reopens with a familiar look.
Chan Poling played keyboard as the Suburbs performed at 7th St. Entry in Minneapolis on Friday night.

Suburbs play music for all at first full-capacity 7th St. Entry show since pandemic

The first gigs back in 7th St. Entry also celebrated the band's latest LP, "Poets Party."
Trampled By Turtles members, including, from left, Dave Carroll, Dave Simonett, and Tim Saxhaug, tore into the first song of their set in just their s

Minnesota tour kings Trampled by Turtles return to the open road and thrilled fans

Spirits were high and worries low as Minnesota touring kings Trampled by Turtles played their first post-COVID concerts.
CARLOS GONZALEZ •  Lizzo in October 2019, opening the first of two sold-out shows at the Armory in Minneapolis.

Lizzo bets on Treasure Island amphitheater for Sept. 11 return to Minnesota

The outdoor concert will fall between appearances at Bonnaroo and Jazz Fest.