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.


Delay in federal relief 'grows more dire' for Minnesota entertainment venues

Not a dime of the $16 billion passed by Congress in December has reached the state.


Minneapolis music vets Mambo's Combo return to stage with 'sadness and stress'

The live music vets were back on stage, but without their longtime guitarist, lost during the pandemic.


Prince and Replacements LPs top our 10 picks for Saturday's Record Store Day

The music-nerd holiday is split into two installments this year, including a July 17 date.


Cancer takes singer/songwriter Jessa Roquet, 42, before Lowertown show

Her first album as Gambler's Daughter arrived just a month before her cancer diagnosis.


Lady Midnight on Lowertown Sounds series kickoff: 'I just wanna dance'

She's got a bounce in her step as she kicks off Lowertown Sounds.


Patti Smith and Semisonic each announce first post-quarantine gigs in Minneapolis

Smith will perform outside Surly Brewing on Aug. 7 courtesy of First Ave, which will also host the hometown heroes' main-room return Sept. 9-10.


15 fall concerts in Minnesota to score tickets to right now

Don't sleep on tickets for these 15 fall concerts amid the post-pandemic rush.


Riot-damaged Turf Club to reopen July 7-10 with Dessa, Night Moves

The St. Paul venue's return is part of a slew of newly announced summer shows at First Ave properties.


Don't cry, Twin Cities fans: Guns N' Roses is rescheduled for Xcel Center in September

The July 13 show at Target Field had to be scrapped, but ticketholders have options.


How Utepils, Modist, Surly and other Minnesota beer makers got their names

What's an Utepils? And are breweries really Modist or Surly? We explain Minnesota's odd monikers.