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.


The new Har Mar Superstar: sober, engaged and employed by the Postal Service

Har Mar Superstar is delivering mail by day, but on record he's still carrying a nighttime party vibe.


Big John Dickerson, Twin Cities blues singer who 'could sell anything,' dies

He was a favorite at Famous Dave's and toured Europe with Blue Chamber and other groups.


Cedar Commissions music series pulled 'in a lot of different directions' in 10th year

Six emerging artists will debut new music and stories online via the Cedar Cultural Center.


Live music in Minnesota gets a lift at Lutsen ski resort in March

Alan Sparhawk, Dave Simonett, New Standards and more will play the Wednesday night mountainside series with limited capacity.


30 essential Black musicians who defined Minnesota's sound

The groundbreaking acts who became Minnesota's ambassadors to the rest of the world, or reshaped things here at home.


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?