Chris Riemenschneider

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    June 13, 2014

    Say hello to ALT 93.3, Clear Channel's newest Twin Cities alternative rock radio station

    Imagine a world where Beck, Passion Pit, Coldplay, 311, Alien Ant Farm, Mumford & Sons, and Green Day (post-Dookie) are played on repeat all day. Finally, a place where dingbat radio DJs can be free to spend 15 minutes discussing the finer points of "Sex on Fire" and how Paramore's Haylie Willia ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    MC/VL announce first show in three years

    It's a damn shame Curt Flood didn't live to see this moment: Mighty Clyde and Vicious Lee are back to rock the mic. Three and a half years after a farewell show at the departed 501 Club, the hip-hop duo MC/VL are dusting off their old-school rhymes -- filled with braggadocio and name-drops of Twin C ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    Minneapolis rapper Dodi Phy has died

    The Twin Cities hip-hop community is mourning the loss of rapper Dodi Phy (given name Mohamed Turay), who died at the age of 31 on February 21. The Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider, in a poignant tribute to the fallen MC, reports that Turay committed suicide following a lengthy battle with depre ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Talk back at 89.3 the Current at their second music meeting

    Unlike our gridlocked national bureaucratic bodies, effecting change on the local airwaves can be as simple as buying pint at Amsterdam Bar & Hall and having the liquid courage to speak up. The second running of 89.3 the Current's Music Meeting happens tonight in St. Paul, and it's an opportunit ... More >>

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    August 17, 2013

    The Replacements' full band lineup finalized for Riot Fest shows

    There was no question that Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson were going to be part of the upcoming Replacements reunion shows to be staged at the three Riot Fests in the coming weeks. However, lead guitar and drums were up for grabs. On Friday, the Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider reported that ... More >>

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    April 23, 2013

    First Avenue music festival is postponed for 2013

    Today another major Twin Cities summer festival decided to take 2013 off. The long-gestating First Avenue music festival, which was set to be held at Parade Stadium near the Walker Art Center on July 20, is postponed this year. Earlier this year, Live Nation announced that the River's Edge Music Fes ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Are You Local? at Mill City Nights, 3/1/2013

    Are You Local? With Solid Gold, Sims, Wiping Out Thousands, L'Assassins, Carroll, Bad Bad Hats, Audio PermMill City Nights, MinneapolisFriday, March 1, 2013The Twin Cities takes a lot of pride in their local music scene -- and much of that pride is warranted. Sifted from a group of 223 entries, Bad ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    "Hot Cheetos & Takis" rappers haven't seen a cent, recording with ex-Aftermath producer

    Mixed news from the "Hot Cheetos & Takis" camp explodes out today. The KIDS, formerly known as YN Rich Kids, are on the verge of something big, according to a huge Star Tribune scoop coming out this Sunday.Recently, Strib music scribe Chris Riemenschneider spoke to the parents and members of the ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Local critics, Gimme Noise included, converged on the Local Show

    It's most opinionated time of the year. Thus, 89.3 the Current's studios opened up for a few gatekeepers from the Twin Cities music media to air out the wares they've been pushing all year long once again before moving onto the 2013 models. This is the Critics Pick edition.In an episode that aired S ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def) at Guthrie Theater, 10/1/12

    Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def)with Toki Wright and This Debris Guthrie Theater, MinneapolisMonday, October 10, 2012Yasiin Bey returned to the Guthrie for his second headlining gig since playing in 2010, this time with Toki Wright and his full band as the sole opener. It was an odd but strangely fitti ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Let It Be Records' history isn't Target property, former owner says

    See Also:Let It Be Records Is ClosingThe triumphant return (almost) of Let It Be RecordsTarget won't stock gay R&B star Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, cites "guest demand"Target is stiff-arming Let it Be Records' former owner for the "It" from the store's old marquee. After 16 years in the locati ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Semisonic reuniting Saturday night in Mound

    The boys are back in Mound again, at least for a night. Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider is reporting that the celebrated local trio Semisonic are playing a rare reunion gig on Saturday, May 19 as part of the Blast Block Party in Mound. Bassist John Munson is the only member of the group who has ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Slug: The Twin Cities' hip-hop scene is still over-saturated

    Related:Is Wiz Khalifa as "raunchy" as a Star Tribune writer says?Slug of Atmosphere: 'Prince was a shitty version of Rick James and Parliament'Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listJudging by the number of racist comments this blog weathers, some locals believe any amount of Twin Cities ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    Is Wiz Khalifa as "raunchy" as a Star Tribune writer says?

    Related:Up in the air: How Minneapolis became a flyover city for major rap artistsKiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offeringsStar Tribune published two stories Tuesday detailing the Minnesota State Fair's latest Grandstand additions, but one would've been plenty. A couple hours after ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Lee's Liquor Lounge up for sale... to the right buyer

    ​Sit a spell and imagine some of the Twin Cities' now-defunct music hotspots, from mid-century staples like University Avenue's Prom Ballroom and Nicollet's Marigold and Flame, to Mr. Nibbs, Duffy's and Norma Jean's in South Minneapolis' "Hub of Hell." It's hard not to feel nostalgic for what cou ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Nirvana's In Utero studio site in Cannon Falls overhauled

    ​Pachyderm Studio was once an ever-expanding source of rural Minnesota trivia. The complex, tucked away behind some trees on a quiet country road near Cannon Falls, hosted many legendary recording sessions. Lore surrounding Nirvana's In Utero, PJ Harvey's Rid of Me, and albums by local heroes incl ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Bon Iver ninth-best in Pazz & Jop 2011 Poll

    ​Bon Iver's Bon Iver was obviously a bit of a local success story, and we rightfully felt the need to put his bearded, thoughtful mug on our cover last fall. (Read Andrea Swensson's cover story here.) Our beloved sibling paper the Village Voice showed some serious (but not ultimate) dedication to ... More >>

  • Music

    January 4, 2012

    Andrea Swensson departs City Pages for the Current

    Gimme Noise founder says farewell after four great years

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    November 21, 2011

    Hold Steady and P.O.S. at Epic, 11/18/11

    ​'s Vth Anniversary Party with Hold Steady, P.O.S., Night Moves, and No Bird SingNovember 18, 2011Epic, Minneapolis"Congrats on throwing such an 'epic' party!" an acquaintance gushed to me shortly after arriving at's "Vth" anniversary bash on Friday night. I found her flub more ende ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    The Hold Steady announce show at Epic

    ​The Hold Steady will make it back to the Twin Cities to play a show before the year is up, though the venue is a bit of a head-scratcher: America's best bar-rock band will come through town on November 18 to play slick downtown dance club Epic. The band will be performing as the headliners a ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Stone Arch Festival of the Arts dissolves: An open letter from music booker Stacy Schwartz

    ​Sad news to hit the local arts world today: The long-running Stone Arch Festival of the Arts, which annually showcased over 200 artists and four free stages of music along St. Anthony Main, will be no more. The festival's founder, longtime local music advocate Ira Heilicher (son of legendary Soma ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Minnesota Twins music director Dan Edwards works some Auto-Tuned Minnesotans into the mix

    Photo by Andrea Swensson​With the criticism of the new Minnesota Twins music director Dan Edwards reaching a deafening roar on social media networks, it sounds like Edwards finally took note of some of the feedback that's been flung his way.Last night, as hail pelted down on the attendees at Targe ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    Minnesota Twins phase out local music programming, amp up Top 40 hits

    Photo by Andrea Swensson​With the first month of the Twins season completed, Minnesota baseball fans may have noticed something a little different about this year's home games: The music. That's because longtime music director Kevin Dutcher, who was with the team from 2000 up until last year's ina ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Kevin Foley, Bash & Pop bassist, passes away at 52

    Via YouTubeKevin Foley, left, with Steve Brantseg at the John Lennon tribute in 2008​Funeral services are being held today for Hopkins native Kevin Foley, who passed away in his sleep last Thursday for unknown reasons. Foley was the bass player in local bands Swingset, Routine 11, and Bash & P ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    The Black Keys announce July 3 date at Roy Wilkins

    ​Grammy-winning rock duo the Black Keys, who took home trophies this year for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package, Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals, are returning to the Twin Cities on July 3 to play the Roy Wilkins Auditorium with openers Cage the Elephant.

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    January 27, 2011

    Grant Hart of Husker Du recovering from house fire

    ​First, the good news: Grant Hart, formerly of Husker Du and now a renowned solo artist, is in good health after only a brief stint in the hospital yesterday afternoon. But the bad news is that Hart's South St. Paul house, which originally belonged to his parents, suffered a two-room fire that tor ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Mr. Chan Presents dissolves

    ​After five years of promoting shows around the Twin Cities, the one-man show booking agency Mr. Chan Presents, an offshoot of Live Nation (and formerly Clear Channel), has folded for financial reasons and agency head James DeCoursey has quietly moved his efforts to booking shows at the Cabooze.

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    December 29, 2010

    The Current hosts 'Critics' Picks' show recapping year in local music

    ​With year-end retrospectives gushing out of every local publication in town, the Current's Local Show decided to invite a crew of local music writers to gather with host Dave Campbell and discuss the best records and trends to sweep the Twin Cities this year. I had the pleasure of joining Chris R ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Gayngs, Robyne Robinson, and Wisconsin's Serial Killer Problem

    Nikki & Andrew doing research​   In this first installment of Rational Dialectic, Andrew Flanagan and Nikki Miller meet up at GAYNGS HQ - Nick & Eddie -  with laptops in tow, to discuss the local phenomenon (and soon to be worldwide sensation) GAYNGS. Andrew and Nikki do not wi ... More >>

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    February 10, 2010

    Ike Reilly plans another four-night stand with the Twin Cities

    Here's a look back at his first four-night run, in the summer of 2001.

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    February 2, 2010

    Electric Fetus benefit lineup announced

    An eclectic lineup of local talent will play First Ave on February 26.

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    December 22, 2009

    Cam Waters found dead

    A recent transplant to Minneapolis, the singer-songwriter was found dead in his home.

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    November 2, 2009

    Tragically Hip cancels Minneapolis show

    Let's hope swine flu hasn't infested the Canadian rockers.

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    September 9, 2009

    Lucinda Williams will tie the knot at First Ave

    Yes, really. The alt-country queen will be married on September 18.

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    August 25, 2009

    Uptown Bar moves closer to demolition

    The bar's last chance for salvation seems to rest on the city's Heritage Preservation Committee.

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    July 6, 2009

    Haley Bonar moves to Portland, Oregon

    After a farewell show over the weekend at the Walker, the songsmith packs a steamer trunk for the Pacific Northwest.

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    June 25, 2009

    Trocaderos nightclub closed suddenly

    A sign on the door simply says "Done."

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    May 29, 2009

    Jay Bennett tribute at the 400 Bar tonight

    Check out a sampling of old Wilco videos that feature Bennett.

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    February 1, 2009

    The smartest writer at the Star Tribune

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    My pick for the new Metro columnist.

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    October 13, 2008

    Fleet Foxes at the Cedar: The anti-rock stars

    fleet-foxes.jpgA sweltering, sold-out crowd at the Cedar was treated to a set by America's Next Top Indie Band.

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    June 2, 2008

    Minnesota Republicans out Franken on lesbian jokes

    Minnesota Republicans are taking an unusual stand in their latest effort to sh ... More >>

  • News

    March 26, 2008

    The Current shrinks its playlist

    Slogan aside, 89.3 limits its list of songs

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    November 4, 2005
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    August 19, 2005

    Ce-le-brate hip hop, come on!

    The three-day 4th Annual Twin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop begins at 4:00 p.m. today at First Avenue, and we'll be there for every minute (here's a preview in City Pages). Below you'll find a complete schedule with links, but before you read, check out some of the cool articles on the event, starti ... More >>

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    May 27, 2005

    Watch Where You're Going with that Stereotype

    I got a little steamed this morning reading the following paragraph from Chris Riemenschneider's story about Dessa Darling, MC with local hip-hop collective Doomtree: "The truth is, Darling, 24, didn't grow up a B-girl. She was a smart kid from Minneapolis Southwest High School who graduated from th ... More >>

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    November 24, 2004

    Picked to Click

    To those who have recently begun to rock, we salute you

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    September 10, 2004
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    December 24, 2003

    Old School

    Sweatin' to the local oldies with our favorite reissues

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    September 18, 2002

    Picked to Click XII

    Hail the Conquering Heroes: Polls and Praise for This Year's Best New Artists

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    February 27, 2002


    We sent a team of trained researchers and documentarians into the wilds of the Twin Cities in search of music in its native habitat. Here are the field notes from Friday, February 15--the day that would not end.

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