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.


Minnesota's last big arena concert was one year ago today

The loud Xcel Energy Center concert happened to be one that felt like something from 40 years ago.


Minnesota-to-Texas expat Luke Jacobs roasts Ted Cruz in new song 'Cancun'

The former Romantica guitarist created the tune and video in Austin over the icy weekend.


Native culture and desert air shaped Pines singer David Huckfelt's new album

David Huckfelt enlisted Keith Secola and other Indigenous friends for his desert sessions.


Second First Ave benefit set includes Low, Babes, Nur-D, Slim Dunlap

The First Love Project's "2.0" album is part of a Bandcamp subscription service to help the club.


From Go-Go's to Foos: Ranking the 2021 Rock Hall of Fame nominees

The Go-Go's should be a go, but where do Jay-Z, Iron Maiden and Carole King fall on the list?


Hear Replacements daughter Ruby Stinson's new Minneapolis-inspired single

Rolling Stone premiered the new tune by Tommy's kid, who recently moved back to Minnesota from New York.


Christian music stations to replace Go 95.3 and 96.3 FM in April

Nonprofit EMF's K-Love, Air1 branding is waiting for approval from the FCC.


4 new Minnesota albums to consider for Bandcamp Friday

Albums by Mac Irv, Under Violet, the Northstars and Kid Dakota are now online.


Super Bowl halftime star the Weeknd announces new St. Paul tour date

The "Blinding Lights" hitmaker now won't tour until 2022 but is making Xcel Center one of his first stops.


Crowlers became Minnesota breweries' untapped resource during pandemic

The pandemic and the state's arcane liquor laws have more beer makers and drinkers relying on the big cans.