Lots of musicians tweet -- but all that Twitters is not gold.
That's why you'll want to check out SPIN.com every Friday to see whose tweets we're reading this week -- then update your TweetDeck! (Obligatory Self-Promotion: ...while you're at it, be sure to follow @SPINmagazine!)
This week's winners:
Who: No Doubt (@nodoubt)
Why You Should Follow: The band that tweets together, stays together. These ska-poppers began tweeting during their massive reunion tour this past summer -- and now they use Twitter as a means to keep in touch with each other while they're at home with their families. They've been tweeting from the studio, too, posting Twitpics of each other as they work on their long awaited follow-up to 2001's Rock Steady. While their Twitter page doesn't have a "Verified Account" checkmark -- which usually sets off warning bells that it could be fake -- their pictures (like this shot of Gwen Stefani and bassist Tony Kanal waiting in an airport lounge and this camera pic) seem pretty darn authentic. They all take turns tweeting, signing off with their names, so expect updates on Stefani's L.A.M.B. clothing and accessories line, tales of borscht and AC/DC concerts from guitarist Tom Dumont, and lazy beachside tweets from Kanal.
Best Tweet of the Week:This shot of Stefani looking like a badass punk with a pompadour while hanging out in the studio.
Who: Run-D.M.C's Rev Run (@RevRunWisdom)
Why You Should Follow:Those of you who love scripted reality TV know that every episode of the MTV show Run's House ends with Rev Run sitting in a bathtub, writing inspirational thoughts in his journal, which are read aloud in a somewhat cheesy voiceover. Subtract the bubble bath and you've got Rev Run's Twitter page. The hip-hop pioneer, practicing minister, and father of seven is also a motivational tweeter, updating every hour or so with words of wisdom about life and love. Feeling unhappy? Worried about your career? Your relationship? The reverend's got answers! You can find encouragement in tweets like this: "Make it your BUSINESS to start loving life passionately.. I Promise life will respond to u favorably!"
Best Tweet of the Week:"Many times..Depression come from lack of expression.. express yourself!"
Who: Spinnerette's Brody Dalle (@BrodyDalle)
Why You Should Follow: The former Distillers screecher -- who now fronts the alt-rock band Spinnerette and calls Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme her hubby -- likes to keep it real on Twitter. Whether she's calling out the moms of Hollywood for letting their young daughters dress like grown women, encouraging followers to give up bottled water, or admitting just how much TV she watches, she's unapologetically herself. Expect lots of True Blood obsessing, stories of accidentally consuming pork fat (she's vegan), and drinking advice to live by ("Never mix white wine, vodka and beer"). Bonus points: She tweets just rarely enough that you learn to really appreciate it when @BrodyDalle shows up on your homepage!
Best Tweet of the Week:"Why is suri cruise wearing jon benet heels ????? it's fucking scary out there. Please for fucks sake, don't do this to your child."