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.


The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: KDWB Jingle Ball, Deadmau5, Curtiss A's Lennon tribute

The big gigs for Dec. 6-12, including Blackalicious, J.S. Ondara, Nicholas David and holiday shows by Martina McBride, Sunny Sweeney, Katie McMahon and the Old 97's.


Minnesota transplant J.S. Ondara has much to celebrate at First Ave homecoming gig

The Minneapolis folk-rocker returns home Saturday after a year of steady touring, including some Neil Young dates and a Newport Folk Fest set.


Who's running the show? Women promoters dominate Twin Cities concert scene

From the State Fair to the State Theatre, the Twin Cities have an inordinate number of women talent buyers booking our concerts. Lucky us.


Twin Cities concerts of the week: Trashy Little Xmas, Lydia Liza, Brockhampton, CeeLo

The big gigs for Nov. 29-Dec. 5, also including the Cactus Blossoms, Crescent Moon & Big Trouble, Kim Petras, Dead Man Winter residency and the annual Replacements tribute.


Returning to the Palace for another three-peat, Wilco gets back to business on Night 1

Jeff Tweedy and his Chicago crew played their new "Ode to Joy" songs and older picks with focus and drama Friday in St. Paul.


Now a regular on Stephen Colbert's show, guitarist Cory Wong returns home to Minnesota

Now a regular in Stephen Colbert's TV band, Fridley native Cory Wong played Red Rocks and Madison Square Garden this year while dropping his second solo album.


Wilco returns for another three-night 'Joy' ride at St. Paul's Palace Theatre

The band finishes its tour with another three-night gig at the Palace in St. Paul.


Twin Cities concerts of the week: Elvis Costello, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Booker T., Ike Reilly

The big gigs for Nov. 22-28, also including Ronnie Milsap, Poliça, Anthony Hamilton, Bobby Rush, Nancy Harms and Leo Kottke's usual Thanksgiving week gig.


Minnesotans have some bragging rights in today's Grammy nominations

Even if Lizzo doesn't count as a local, J.S. Ondara, the Okee Dokee Brothers, Big Thief and some of Bon Iver's cohorts do.


Lizzo leads pack with 8 Grammy nominations, including best new artist

In a strong year for young women, voters screamed "Cuz I Love You" to the ex-Minnesotan.