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.


Twin Cities concerts of the week: Cold War Kids, GZA, Rex Orange County, Rebirth Brass

The big gigs for Jan. 24-30, also including Mandolin Orange, Wesley Stace's John Wesley Harding, Badi Assad, Malamanya, Phish's Mike Gordon and album release parties by Stolyette and Barbaro.


Nur-D embraces comics, video games and insecurity to be Minnesota hip-hop's new superhero

There's a serious side to the comics-loving rapper who tops the Best New Bands showcase.


Black Pumas talk busking, Grammys and Prince ahead of the Current birthday bash

The soul-rock duo is up for a best new artist Grammy but hardly inexperienced (see: Prince).


Twin Cities concerts of the week: North Mississippi Allstars, Your Smith, Crystal Method, Dolly Parton tribute

The big gigs for Jan. 17-23, also including Jordan Davis, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Marielle Allschwang and Ron Pope.


Slug says surprise Atmosphere album 'might seem like old guys yelling at clouds'

The Minneapolis hip-hop vet content with his elder status heading into another tour, saying "older rappers aren't trying to prove themselves as rappers, but as persons."


New Fillmore music hall gets ready to rock in downtown Minneapolis

Unlike many of the eight other Fillmores around the country, the Minneapolis one was built from the ground up.


These Minnesota acts are making themselves at home this January at St. Paul's Turf Club

Charlie Parr and the Cactus Blossoms have different reasons but similarly happy results for continuing their annual winter residencies.


Twin Cities concerts of the week: Yola, Nico Muhly with Pekka Kuusisto, Cash and Joplin tributes

The big gigs for Jan. 10-16, also including a benefit for the Cedar Ave. tower fire victims, G. Love, Peter Asher, Taylor McFerrin, the Mad Ripple Hootenanny and Atmosphere.


Meet Kris Lindahl, the nice-guy Realtor behind the 600 annoying billboards

From childhood tragedy to kingpin Realtor, Kris Lindahl is everywhere — and insists he's only getting bigger.


Twin Cities concerts of the week: Charlie Parr, Cactus Blossoms, Keith Sweat and Radio K residency

The big gigs for Jan. 3-9, also including Rachael Kilgour, Le Vent du Nord and the Whiskey's Funky Sweater party.