Lots of people tweet — but all that Twitters is not gold.
That’s why you’ll want to check out SPIN.com 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:
- Free Energy
Why You Should Follow: The guys of Free Energy have gained quite the following with their ’70s, Thin Lizzy-esque sound. Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus is a fan, and the band’s debut album, Stuck on Nothing, was produced by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. In keeping with their name, they tweet like they’ve been downing Red Bulls all day — with lots of exclamation points and enthusiasm (“Holy fuck. We just played on letterman. Did that really happen? Thanks to everyone for supporting us!! It’s party time!”). Follow them as they hop from city to city, stage to stage, and hotel Jacuzzi to hotel Jacuzzi. Bonus points: They often hold contests on Twitter, offering free concert tickets to the first person to re-tweet their posts!
Best Tweet of the Week: “Gooooodmorning vietnaustin!!!!!!!!!” when they first arrived in Austin, TX, for SXSW.
- Phantom Biggie
Why You Should Follow: What if Notorious B.I.G. had survived the March 1997 shooting? Where would he be today? Phantom Biggie picks up where the real Biggie left off, tweeting in the late rapper’s voice about all of the things he probably would be doing if he were still alive — enjoying foot rubs from Lil’ Kim, eating French toast and talking perfume sprayers with Diddy, hanging out at strip clubs, sitting through boring conference calls, getting blazed. Some of Phantom Biggie’s tweets are downright hilarious (“tried to go for a caramel macchiato but my fuckin wallet got tumbleweeds in it. guess tiff went to riverside mall again”), but some are just as mundane as the average Twitterer’s posts, which gives his page a somewhat realistic feel. Who knows? Maybe the real Biggie is out there tweeting….
Best Tweet of the Week: “we bout to have some fine ass doctors in a few years, seem like every one a these stripper bitches talkin bout ‘im in med school!'”
- Best Coast
Why You Should Follow:Best Coast frontwoman Bethany Cosentino’s tweets are as charming as her band’s surf-y, lo-fi pop. Whether she’s tweeting about her hatred for Lady Gaga, her dream brunch (“i want: cinnamon raisin bagel with tofu cream cheese from murray’s bagels in NYC, pancakes, omelette w/ feta, a mimosa, and hashbrowns”), or her “gnarly looking” tambourine-playing bruises, she keeps things light and lively. Look for posts about awkward mall performances, drunk nights at hotel bars, and girl power sessions with @viviangirls. Bonus points: Cosentino Photoshops cats into many of the Twitpics she posts. See here and here. It’s simultaneously terrifying and amazing.
Best Tweet of the Week: “hate lady gaga more than ever after watching that video. cool wonder bread and virgin mobile spots. real ‘avant-garde’ of you girl.”