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.


Soul Asylum and Hippo Campus drop new songs, album news ahead of Minnesota Yacht Club gigs

Each band teamed with well-known producers for their latest albums due out this fall.


The Big Gigs: 10 best concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Highlights for July 18-24 include Minnesota Yacht Club, Sunny Sweeney, Lyle Lovett and Thirty Seconds to Mars.


Festival, ahoy! A dozen things to know about St. Paul's Minnesota Yacht Club

Lollapalooza promoter C3 Presents brings the Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette and more to Harriet Island this weekend.


Bowling with Lars? Metallica announces side events in its Minneapolis 'takeover' weekend

The metal kings are playing two shows at U.S. Bank Stadium in August, with a night off in between for other fun.


6 Minnesota breweries win U.S. Open Beer awards

St. Louis Park's Haggard Barrel also took a trophy after only just hitting the market in January.


The Big Gigs: 10 best concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Highlights for July 11-17 include Nickel Creek with Andrew Bird, Grace Potter, Chicago with Earth, Wind & Fire, X and Jeezy.


'Purple Rain' to be screened at Target Center on 40th anniversary of movie's release

The July 27 event in Minneapolis will feature members of Prince's family and collaborators.


Review: Niall Horan goes in many directions for first Minnesota arena show

The One Direction alum charmed 15,000 fans in St. Paul with the same nice demeanor seen on NBC's "The Voice."


Review: Wallflowers, McBride bring musical flavor to revamped Taste of Minnesota

The festival's downtown site isn't great for concerts, but Saturday's performers rose above the din.


Scene Makers Q+A: Lucky Cat Records owner puts a new spin on a fabled Minneapolis store site

From corporate life to indie shopkeeper, Michele Swanson opens this weekend in the former home of Oar Folk.