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.


Hold Steady teases new album ahead of 'Massive' virtual marathon

The band's eighth LP 'Open Door Policy' was recorded ahead of the pandemic.


Pohlads leave the radio business, selling its Go stations to a Christian nonprofit

The hip-hop outlet Go 95.3 FM and rock station Go 96.3 will change formats early next year.


Minneapolis company Noiseland is cranking in 2020 with Dylan, AC/DC, Fiona Apple records

One small Minneapolis company plays a big role in getting vinyl to stores worldwide.


Cory Wong, Okee Dokees among Minnesota nominees for 2021 Grammys

The Minneapolitan-fronted band Big Thief and semi-local Bon Iver are also up for trophies in the Jan. 31 ceremony.


John Lennon tribute will shine on as First Ave's first livestreamed concert

Curtiss A will lead a scaled-back version of his 41st annual show without an audience Dec. 8.


'Purple Rain' on Black Friday: MOA to welcome new Paisley Park store

The satellite shop near the east rotunda will fill in while the real Paisley Park is closed due to COVID restrictions.


Kevin Smith's pop-up restaurant Mooby's to open in First Ave's Depot Tavern

The fictional fast-food joint from Smith's "Clerks" movies will sell takeout only Dec. 12-18.


Mason Jennings, Stone Gossard 'off and running' in new band Painted Shield

Minnesota music mainstay Mason Jennings and Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard launch their new band Painted Shield with 1,700 miles of social distancing.


We Fest will return to Detroit Lakes in 2021 after planned hiatus

After a one-year absence that was planned before the pandemic — and despite the lingering uncertainty of the pandemic — We Fest will…


Tony Glover's trove of Bob Dylan items sold for $495k total

The late Twin Cities music legend's trove of memorabilia was put up for auction last week.