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.


Minneapolis singer/songwriter Chastity Brown's album do-over pays off

The Minneapolis folkie scrapped an entire record and lost her way, but wound up finding several new paths in the interim.


5 newcomers to watch at Soundset 2017, including Denzel Curry and Lil Uzi Vert

The nationally renowned festival once again delivers a promising batch of buzzing MCs.


Twin Cities concerts of the week: Memory Lanes Block Party, Michael Kiwanuka, Regina Marie Williams

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.


Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali's new album finds 'Beauty' at an ugly time

The rapper trekked from Oakland to West Africa and even Iran on a spiritual journey that led him home for another album.


Twin Cities concerts of the week: Tina & the B Sides at First Ave, Toki Wright at Nomad Pub

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.


Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dies at 52 after hanging himself

Suicide is suspected in the unexpected death of the shrieking frontman, who performed just last weekend in western Wisconsin.


Chance the Rapper seizes his opportunity in first Minnesota arena concert

Chicago rapper drew a crowd based largely on streaming success.


Minnesota rocker Mary Bue recounts sexual assault in new song

Her first release as a Minneapolis resident opens up about a sexual assault.


7 reasons to love Chance the Rapper ahead of his sold-out Xcel Center concert

Chance's ascent has gone somewhat unnoticed in mainstream circles because most of his success as a recording artist has been through streaming, not album sales.


Concerts of the week: Black Angels at First Ave; metalheads flock to Northern Invasion

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.