Chris Riemenschneider

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    SXSW: The lows and highs of putting on a showcase

    By Conrad Schoenleber During SXSW, Austin has a specific kind of gravity. Each year, huge masses of people are drawn to the Texas capital to seek out the best of what new music has to offer. I was pulled down south once again in 2013 as an event planner. With my production team at Hydrive Shows, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy leaves the band

    Founding Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy has announced his exit from Soul Asylum after three decades with the band. Earlier this week, he issued a statement on the group's website to make his departure official. "I have decided that I will no longer be touring or recording with the band, effective ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Summit Backyard Bash with Doomtree, 9/8/12

    Summit Backyard BashWith Doomtree, Now, Now, Halloween, Alaska, Heartbeats, and Caroline Smith and the Goodnight SleepsSummit Brewery, St. PaulSaturday, September 8, 2012See Also:Slideshow: Summit Backyard Bash"Would you mind clapping, or are you all too drunk for that?" This was an actual request m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot found dead on tour bus this morning following show in Minneapolis

    Photo by Erik HessCory Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus Maximus, performing at First Ave last night​Just hours after posting our review of last night's Gwar show at First Avenue, we learned that guitarist Cory Smoot, who goes by the stage name Flattus Maximus, has passed away. Smoot died of unknown causes so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2011

    Gimme Noise and First Avenue day party fills up Skinny's Ballroom

    Photos by Erik Hess​We had an insanely fun time yesterday afternoon throwing the first ever Gimme Noise day party in Austin in partnership with First Avenue. The party was hopping from the get-go, thanks in part to the free beer offered up by Tiger, and we were thrilled to see a huge contingent of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Janelle Monae and Of Montreal at First Avenue, 9/23/10

    Photos by Stacy Schwartz​Of Montreal and Janelle MonaeSeptember 23, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisMuch like Janelle Monae's performance earlier this year at the Varsity Theater, it took the funk-fusion diva a few songs to fully engage with the audience, but once she was halfway into her set she had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Picked to Click 2008: The Complete Ballots

    A full listing of the 105 ballots received for this year's best-new-bands poll.

  • News

    December 20, 2006

    Local Music Yearbook '06

    Prince went to Vegas. Smokers went to Maplewood. Tapes 'N Tapes went to the moon. And sometime after the last zombie dance party got busted, we wrote it all down for you.

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2005
  • News

    March 2, 2005

    A Real Rock 'n' Roll Radio Station... for Your Pledge of Just $10 a Month?

    Paul Demko, Diablo Cody, and Dylan Hicks offer three takes on MPR's new baby

  • Arts

    January 2, 2002

    The Year in Music

    The Sound of Music, 2001: Our Favorite Things