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.


Smashing Pumpkins reunion bloated by classic covers, old-school ego

Billy Corgan and his reunited bandmates played for a staggering three hours at Xcel Center, including one fittingly inflated Zeppelin cover.


Twin Cities' 15 biggest concerts of the week, from Smashing Pumpkins to New Order

Also on deck is Beach House, Deadmau5, Irv Williams and more.


Newest rock club, Mortimer's, fills void left by Uptown redevelopment

Just eight months in, the new Mortimer's music room has become a fitting replacement for other vital rock clubs lost in the Twin Cities.


Minnesota rockers Bad Bad Hats maintain freshman charm with sophomore album

Singer Kerry Alexander is newly married but still happily singing about breakups with husband/bandmate Chris Hoge.


Kid Rock tries to unite Minnesotans around his awesomeness

The divisive rocker played the first sold-out show at Treasure Island's new amphitheater.


The 17 biggest concerts of the week in the Twin Cities

It's a stacked few days with Zac Brown Band, Drake and Kid Rock coming to town.


Superstar couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z deliver supersize drama at U.S. Bank Stadium

Review: The mega-big, plan-the-summer-around-it concert was not the same kind of show we've already seen them deliver separately.


Beyoncé, Jay-Z play first Minnesota show together tonight at U.S. Bank Stadium

Ahead of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's mega-concert, here's a recap of the super-couple's ups and downs as heard in their own songs.


Best concerts of the week Aug. 3-9: Jack White, Shelby J, Nathaniel Rateliff, Kinky Friedman, Charlie Puth

Big gigs for the week of Aug. 3-9, also including HazelFest, Red Stag Supperclub Block Party and the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival.


New York's cool new Michael Jackson mural might look familiar to Minnesotans

The latest wall portrait by a famed Brazilian artist is in the same vein as his Bob Dylan mural in Minneapolis.