Chris Riemenschneider | Star Tribune
Columnist/Reporter | Local Music

Chris Riemenschneider has been covering the Twin Cities music scene since 2001, long enough to earn a shout-out from Prince during "Play That Funky Music (White Boy)." The St. Paul native was also a music critic at the Austin American-Statesman for five years.


Cassettes are making comeback, but are CDs the superior vintage format?

Somehow, cassettes were recently deemed cool again by younger rock 'n' roll hipsters, but the CD deserves to come back in vogue.


Red-hot Camila Cabello's heart was in her sold-out State Theatre tryout

Review: The "Havana" singer packed the State Theatre for her solo headlining debut, even though she wasn't always doing the singing.


New Bon Iver music finds soulful success in St. Paul premiere with TU Dance

Collaboration is another interesting sidestep for the ever-elusive Justin Vernon.


Twin Cities concerts of the week: Tanya Tugaq, Record Store Day, Bon Jovi

Big gigs for April 20-26, also including Camila Cabello, Robyn Hitchcock and a co-headlining tour featuring Waxahatchee and Hurray for the Riff Raff.


Minnesota songwriting vet Caitlyn Smith is firing up Nashville

Caitlyn Smith left Minnesota for Nashville a decade ago. A No. 1 hit and innumerable writing sessions later, she's coming home with a hot album.


Prince fans converge on Paisley Park for a more celebratory Celebration

Paisley Park's second annual fan gathering kicked off with a (mostly) upbeat set by Sheila E.


Listen to Caitlyn Smith's new 'love song' for the city of St. Paul

She name-checks the Turf Club, the Mississippi and the cold Minnesota wind. Clearly, Caitlyn Smith knows her subject matter in the new song “St. Paul.”…


Prince fans hope to carry on his 'legacy of giving' via Purple Playground

With volunteers from all over the globe, the Purple Playground is planning the inaugural Prince Academy at St. Paul's High School for Recording Arts.


Twin Cities concerts of the week: Margo Price, Kraig Johnson, L7, Lindi Ortega

Big gigs for April 13-19, also including Laura Veirs, Echosmith and Abdullah Ibrahim.


Replacements roadie reveals fresh tales of debauchery in new book

Former 400 Bar owner Bill Sullivan's new book recounts his wild years as a roadie with Minnesota's rowdiest band.