Chris Shields, St. Cloud Times

Chris Shields

St. Cloud Times

Saint Cloud, MN, United States

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Past articles by Chris:

I still find plenty to love on area radio stations

I grew up on radio, turned to tapes, CDs and iPods, and am finding the joy in radio again → Read More

How I learned to embrace 'Weird Al' and have some fun

From 'Amish Paradise' through 'The Night Santa Went Crazy,' I got hooked on 'Bad Hair Day' → Read More

Enjoying 'Seven More Minutes' with The Rentals

Band's sophomore effort has a worldly feeling, full of energy and with plenty of hooks → Read More

Take time to enjoy the perks of The Wallflowers' music

1996 album grabbed my ears with classic sounds and a contemporary feel — it hasn't let go → Read More

David Bowie is gone, but his music remains

I was never his biggest fan, but I was so in awe of his energy, his artistry, his ability → Read More

Streaming boosts digital Beatlemania, attracts new fans

Even the biggest bands, even The Beatles, benefit from the exposure that streaming offers → Read More

Go on a journey with Sharon Van Etten's 'Tramp'

Ever put on a record and just been like, 'Where have YOU been all my life?' → Read More

Let The Head and The Heart guide you in the new year

There's a warmth, a sincerity, a wonderful emotional center to the music by this group → Read More

35 years later, John Lennon's death (and life) echoes

John Lennon may have been senselessly murdered, but his music remains and it sustains us → Read More

The Beatles' 'Rubber Soul' still vibrant after 50 years

How important is The Beatles' "Rubber Soul?" Where shall we begin? → Read More

Get wild, wonky with music from The Presidents

The music sounds weird, but it is fun, catchy and unusual — it takes me back in time → Read More

Johnny Cash’s American albums hit the heart and soul

Cash may not sound his best on ‘American III: Solitary Man,’ but his talent shines through → Read More

With ‘Paul Simon,’ Paul Simon gets groove going

After the end of Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Simon steps into the solo spotlight and shines → Read More

What's your fave album — for every year of your life?

Think about it: What albums top your list for every year you've been alive? → Read More