Chris Riemenschneider | Star Tribune
Columnist/Reporter | Local Music

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.


Riot-grrrl heroes Sleater-Kinney hold steady as they tout a fractious new album in St. Paul

"This record is really important to us," Corin Tucker said of her band's new album, "The Center Won't Hold," which nearly split them apart.


First Avenue to donate $18k in profits from big day opposite Trump rally

The club pledged profits to Planned Parenthood.


Minneapolis song picker Jack Klatt steps out with a swoon-worthy national release

Minneapolis songman Jack Klatt steps out as a stylish, old-school twanger with help from the Cactus Blossoms and Yep Roc Records.


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Lizzo is still shaking things up in Minneapolis as she returns for two sold-out Armory gigs

As she returns for two big gigs, her former cohorts in the Twin Cities music scene take stock of her impact — locally, and now industrywide.


Minneapolis music 'wizard' and Polara frontman Ed Ackerson dies at 54

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Nick Cave sheds light on his dark depths in Q&A-filled Minneapolis appearance

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