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 hip-hop vet Maria Isa remembers her friend George Floyd, preaches 'Amor Universal'

The "SotaRico" hip-hop vet has been closely touched by 2020's calamities but remains defiantly upbeat on her new EP with YMMI.


Seeing 'no way out this year,' Twin Cities music venues are scrambling and uniting

First Ave is at the center of a new national lobbying group as shuttered music venues fight to get through 2020, from the Dakota to the Amsterdam.


Women musicians pitch a 'safe space' Twin Cities music venue named Auntie's

Local hip-hop stars Sophia Eris, Lady Midnight and DJ Keezy launched a $5 million GoFundMe campaign to open the club.


iHeartMedia launches Black news radio station in Twin Cities

It takes over the 99-watt FM signal that used to host the playlist-like rock station Alt 93.3.


Minneapolis dive bars saluted in fundraiser T-shirts by rock band 4onthefloor

A Palmer's shirt is on sale now, and Mortimer's and Grumpy's are due next.


Semisonic's first new single in 19 years sounds perfect for 2020

"You're Not Alone" hails from a new EP that the Twin Cities-reared trio will release this fall.


Minnesota's best albums of the year (so far)

Ten records from the home team to spin while you're still stuck at home.


Rhymesayers drops two acts as Twin Cities music scene confronts misogyny and misconduct

Citing "toxic masculinity" and "reports of abuse," the label cut ties with Prof and Dem Atlas just two days before Prof's new album.


Adam Levy finds harmony in Turn Turn Turn – even when they can't sing together

Debut LP by Adam Levy's harmonious trio has arrived at either the worst or best time.


Live music returns to Minneapolis venue Hook & Ladder, weeks after near destruction

Davina & the Vagabonds jump-started the nonprofit venue's HookStream virtual series.