Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week
New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert, Travis Garland, and Mike Doughty make our list.
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!)
- Travis Garland
Why You Should Follow: Practically overnight, it seems, Travis Garland has become a star. The R&B singer made his debut on American Idol Wednesday night, performing his song “Believe” — and the blogosphere hasn’t stopped talking about it since. Garland — who, until last year, was a member of the boy band NLT with Glee star Kevin McHale — has been promoted heavily by Perez Hilton, who touts him as “the next Justin Timberlake.” It remains to be seen whether he achieves the same level of fame as fellow Perez protégés Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, but his fanbase is definitely growing. He’s got more than 20,000 followers on Twitter — become one of them and watch him shoot to the top of the charts when his first album drops later this year!
Best Tweet of the Week: “Beethoven was deaf. Van Gogh was colorblind. Nothing is impossible. #Believe”
- New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert
Why You Should Follow: This summer, New Found Glory is hitting the road with Paramore and Tegan and Sara as part of the 2010 Honda Civic Tour. Until then, you can find guitarist Chad Gilbert on Twitter, exchanging adorable tweets with his girlfriend (Paramore’s Hayley Williams!), posting songs from his solo project (the wittily-named What’s Eating Gilbert), and showing off his ink. Expect lots of tweets about horror movies, up-and-coming hardcore bands, life on the road, and comic-book-nerd home improvement. Bonus points: He often tweets back at fans — especially if they’re willing to geek out about films.
Best Tweet of the Week: “Today’s trainer said the best way 2 stretch is 2 go to a happy place in ur mind. His was swimming with river dolphins in the Amazom. #nojoke”
- Mike Doughty
Why You Should Follow: Doughty was the poetry-spouting frontman for Soul Coughing, one of the most unique alt-rock bands of the ’90s, and last year released his fifth solo album, Sad Man, Happy Man. When he’s not writing, recording, or performing, he’s blogging and tweeting — about anything and everything that strikes his fancy. His updates are random (“Somebody explain to me the cartoon with the shower and the idea box on page 89 of this week’s New Yorker”), funny (“I watch Celebrity Rehab and think: My People”), and quite often music-related (“I really wish the MIA Clash-sample song would break down to the drum machine for, like, one bar here and there. My ears done get tired”). Look out for random factoids (“Billy Joel lives in a $3.3 mil place in NoLita, once a neighborhood so forgotten we called it Laundrytown”) and stories about life in New York City in the early ’90s.
Best Tweet of the Week: “Deep in the woods listening to Sublime Frequencies’ multicultural sound collage freakouts.”