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!)
In honor of next weekend’s Lollapalooza Music Festival, which runs from Aug. 6-8 at Chicago’s Grant Park, we’ve been following some of the acts scheduled to perform. Check ’em out to get yourself psyched for the festival:
- Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell
Why You Should Follow: This year’s Lollapalooza marks an important milestone for Chris Cornell and his Soundgarden bandmates: It’s their first scheduled performance in 12 years. Since Cornell announced the band’s reunion via Twitter in January, they’ve played a secret show in Seattle but haven’t made any official appearances. Until now, that is. As you await the grunge legends’ Sunday night show, whet your appetite with Cornell’s thoroughly entertaining tweets. When he’s not pondering whether people in Spain or the Netherlands smoke more dope (“The population of Spain is almost 3 times that of The Netherlands, and though weed is not legal there im guessing they don’t give a shit”), he’s picking fights with the Westboro Baptist Church and posting Twitpics of Soundgarden in rehearsal. Bonus points: You can always count on him to post something random, like this video of Mt. St. Helens exploding.
Best Tweet of the Week: “Just read that Santana has the same Birthday as me. So does Stone Gossard and Andrew Stockdale”
- Deer Tick
Why You Should Follow: This Providence-based indie rock band — known for their grungy, bluesy sound — is a lot of fun to follow. Their mischievous antics on the road lead them to icing their friends, jumping fences to swim in other people’s pools, and reviewing reviews of their latest album, The Black Dirt Sessions, which dropped in June. Look out for hilarious Twitpics, like this one of the band messing with a truck stop sign (the caption reads “Yo, Floyd Virginia Shell station, you just got TICKED!”) and this one of lead singer John McCauley being an “absolute fucking idiot” in Roanoke, VA. Also, keep an eye on their Twitter feed on Saturday — there’s a good chance they’ll tweet from backstage at Lollapalooza.
Best Tweet of the Week:“Deer Tick in a dry county in the mountains of Virginia? Where the shrooms at?” v
- Raphael Saadiq
Why You Should Follow: This Grammy-nominated crooner may have an old school Motown sound, but he’s all modern when it comes to Twitter. He tweets and re-tweets with the best of them, documenting his life as he hops from city to city and plays at some of the country’s best music festivals (“I’d perform at every summer festival if I could,” he tweeted). Follow him as he pays homage to the musicians who inspire him (including Smokey Robinson and MGMT), fights against the use of the “neo-soul” label, and defies big-time artist stereotypes (“Picking up new rims for Clive Davis Grammy party tonight… I mean spectacles, eyewear, not car rims, LOL come on people”). He brings tons of excitement and energy to every performance, so if you’re hitting up Lollapalooza, make sure to check out his Friday afternoon show. Who knows? He might just give you a Twitter shout-out afterward.
Best Tweet of the Week: “LOL especially on stage at summerstage RT @MOSCOT: Even properly adjusted eyewear will slip in this NYC heat. #sweatingmyeyeglassesoff”