Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week

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Ted Leo / Mates of State/ Janelle Monae
WRITTEN BY
Anna Hyclak

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: Ted Leo (@TedLeo)

Why You Should Follow: Averaging about 20 tweets per day, Leo is surely one of the Twitterverse's most active indie rockers. When he's not musing on current events or plugging one his favorite new bands -- like Nashville-based punk duo Jeff the Brotherhood, or this pitbull-fronted grindcore band -- Leo's tweeting his vegan dinner menus and thanking a fan for baking him cookies.
Best Tweet of the Week: "On a different topic, amid the dreck that is mainstream FM radio, I found myself glad - PSYCHED, even - when Michelle Branch came on this PM"

Who: Mates of State (@thematesofstate)

Why You Should Follow: Four words: "Weather on Trash Night." This hard-working husband-and-wife duo doesn't tweet very often, but they do always manage to post something after they've taken out the trash on Tuesday nights. It's usually just a bit of a commentary about the weather ("Weather on Trash Night: balmy as sh*t. Hazy too. Window-unit AC filling the night with hum"), but sometimes the neighbors get commentary, too ("Weather on Trash Night: not too bad. The Moon has haze. Neighbors seem to be zoned into the flickering lights of their television sets: A-OK"). When it's not trash night, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel keep their tweets short, sweet, to the point, and often with a dash of poetry, like "Sometimes, silence is music." Future lyrics, perhaps?
Best Tweet of the Week: "I just keep thinking: the dream isn't over yet."

Who: Janelle Monae (@JanelleMonae)

Why You Should Follow: Ever since Diddy signed this genre-bending singer to his Bad Boy record label, everyone and their mother has wanted a piece of Janelle Monae -- even Anna Wintour! Monae's tweets about posing for Vogue, hanging out with Liza Minnelli at Paper magazine's 25th anniversary party, chatting with Grace Jones, and taking in the sights of Istanbul with Santigold are enough to make anyone jealous, but she seems so good-natured and down-to-earth that it's hard to hate her too much. Even when she's palling around backstage with tourmate Gwen Stefani and referring to Erykah Badu as her "twin."
Best Tweet of the Week: "Ok, as an experiment, I'll build an island for people who feel they have the right to take a life & don't value life. What would it be like?"

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