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.


Dessa comes home on new album: 'Rap feels like the one common link'

Book deal, New York buzz haven't spoiled the Minneapolis hip-hop star on the city and art form she rode in on.


Twin Cities concerts of the week: Steve Winwood, Steve Aoki

Big gigs for the week of Feb. 23-March 1, also including Chris Young, Ani DiFranco and husband-and-wife banjo virtuosos Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.


Former Jayhawks and Cows drummer Norm Rogers dies of cancer

The Minnesota music-scene vet was also a fixture behind the bar at Brit's Pub for two decades.


Indie-rock goes classical on Minneapolis band Poliça's new album with Berlin ensemble

The Twin Cities rockers branch out on a new LP and tour with Berlin's neoclassical troupe Stargaze.


Like a wintry small-town SXSW, Big Turn Music Fest takes flight in Red Wing

Live music takes over 18 downtown spaces for two nights Friday and Saturday as part of the Big Turn Fest.


Twin Cities concerts of the week: GlobalFest Tour, Valerie June, Robert Plant

Big gigs for the week of Feb. 16-22, also including Big Turn Festival, Galactic & Lettuce and the Celebrating Bowie tribute.


Prince collaborator selling 'Soft and Wet' songwriting credit on eBay for $490K

Studio owner Chris Moon is auctioning off his ownership stake in the 1978 single.


Twin Cities concerts of the week: Kid Dakota, Robert Robinson, Har Mar Superstar

Big gigs for the week of Feb. 9-15, also including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Manhattan Transfer and Take 6.


When indie rock goes Top 40: Portugal the Man's unexpected crossover

How a mainstream hit has (and hasn't) changed things for veteran band Portugal the Man.


No hologram, but still a Prince tribute in Justin Timberlake's halftime show

Justin Timberlake paid tribute to the Minneapolis rock legend by projecting video of him from the movie "Purple Rain" on a large screen as a snippet of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" played. The University of Minnesota marching band joined Timberlake midfield during the funky jam "Can't Stop the Feeling."