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Musicians On Twitter You Should Follow, And Some To Ignore

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(ENS is moving this week, so we dug up this older post for your enjoyment.)

You will have to pardon this brief derail from the latest and greatest new music around as we take a peek into one of our newest obessions, Twitter. I know, old new right? Well, whether you are an early adopter or a longtime “tweeter” if you use it, you know the value it has.

This is by no means the first listing of musicians on twitter, and it won’t be the last, but this list is split up into categories, so you don’t waste your time following a musician that never updates their account.

Lets do it!

Musicians On Twitter NOT To Follow & Why (you gotta give these bands credit for being on Twitter, but either they don’t get it, or are run by promotional people with no intention of actually interacting with anyone.)

@willienelson – (Willie Nelson) – Don’t follow if you Willie, someone else does his updates and they are rare, although he is new to Twitter.
@bjork – (Bjork) – We love Bjork, but her twitter account is the equivalent of a robot. It follows everyone back yet never has a conversation with anyone.
@coldplay – (Coldplay) – Not run by the band, but brand new to Twitter. They seem to follow everyone back as well.
@oasisofficial – (Oasis) – Following nobody and not doing their own updates.
@snoopdogg – (Snoop Dog) – Following nobody and not doing his own updates.
@zosima – (My Brightest Diamond) – We love her, but she follows nobody, and we don’t think this is Shara updating. It is nice that they give out free show tickets via twitter though.

@common – (Common)
– Follows nobody and rarely updates.
@musewire – (Muse) – Following nobody, and nobody from the band does the updates.
@PearlJam – (Pearl Jam) – Not following anyone back, and seems to be a fan run account.
@theraconteurs – (The Raconteurs) – Not the band, probably fan or PR account, but at least they follow back.
@remhq – (R.E.M.) – Auto follow back, but only worth following if you want R.E.M. news updates
@billybragg – (Billy Bragg) – Rarely updates and never follows back
@yokoono – (Yoko Ono)
@beastieboys – (Beastie Boys) – Zero Updates, why have an account?
@mosdef – (Mos Def) – Looks like he gave up pretty fast, if this was ever him to begin with
@davidbowie – (David Bowie) – Jury is still out here, new with just one update, the real deal?

The Twitter All-Stars – (these are the best, most entertaining, and overall best musicians to follow on Twitter).

@johnroderick – (John from The Long Winters) – Witty and addicted to Twitter
@thesonicyouth – (Sonic Youth) – Insight into the recording process of the new album, how cool is that?
@qoolquest – (Questo Of The Roots) – Tweets like a madman, always fun to keep up with
@MCHammer – (MC Hammer) – The ever positive Hammer is a twitteraholic
@kristinhersh – (Kristin Hersh) – Does not follow back, but is entertaining and authentic
@qtiptheabstract – (Q-Tip) – Q-Tip often posts live video links to his practices, and is regular replier
@edwarddroste – (Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear) – Gotta love his profile that says “I will do this until I inevitably say something I regret and erase the profile. ”
@pampelmoose – (Dave Allen of Gang Of Four) Follows, chats and has lots of interesting stuff to share.
@DAChesterFrench – (D.A. of Chester French) – Loves to @reply to people, and follows back.
@skinnermike – (Mike aka The Streets) – Great at replying, love his back and forth stuff with @calvinharris
@colinmeloy – (Colin of The Decemberists) – Jumps to the all-star category due to his witty tweets and unarmed observations.

Best Of The Rest – Good Twittizens to follow, some are just getting the hang of things…

@jyzon – (Jason from Mates Of State)
@robyn_hitchcock – (Robyn Hitchcock) Robyn was doing great on twitter until about 6 weeks ago, nothing from him since.
@SSPU – (Silversun Pickups)
@livingcolour – (Living Colour)
@neilhalstead – (Neil Halstead)
@foals – (Foals)
@thedandywarhols – (The Dandy Warhols)
@rogermcguinn – (Roger McGuinn / Lead singer of The Byrds)
@djshadow – (DJ Shadow)
@WaleDC – (Wale)
@bearbait – (Chris from Pattern Is Movement)
@diplo – (Diplo)
@thefaint – (The Faint)
@teamyacht – (Yacht)
@andrewbird – (Andrew Bird)
@addmelolz – (Lightspeed Champion)
@loneydear – (Loney Dear)
@carybrothers – (Cary Brothers)
@benkweller – (Ben Kweller)
@calvinharris – (Calvin Harris)
@PeteYorn – (Pete Yorn)
@cassettes – (Cassettes Won’t Listen)
@mikedoughtyyeah – (Mike Doughty)
@themaccabees – (The Maccabees)
@Brian_Eno – (Brian Eno)
@solangeknowles – (Solange Knowles / Beyonce sis)
@reginaspektor – (Regina Spektor)
@seantroversey – (Sean from Harvey Danger)
@thewombats – (The Wombats)
@portobrien – (Port O’Brien)
@passionpit – (Passion Pit)
@birdmonster – (Birdmonster)
@imogenheap – (Imogen Heap)
@HotHotHeat – (HotHotHeat)
@cardinology – (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals)
@weareskylarkin – (Sky Larkin)
@iamlittleboots – (Little Boots)
@thesubways – (The Subways)
@johnvanderslice – (John Vanderslice)
@jayreatard – (Jay Reatard)
@theoohlas – (The Oohlas)
@dukespirit – (The Duke Spirit)
@tokyopoliceclub – (Tokyo Police Club)
@TravisMorrisson – (Travis Morrisson)
@wakeywakey – (Wakey Wakey)
@Flosstradamus – (Flosstradamus)
@kidsistermelisa – (Kid Sister)
@dananananaykroy – (Danananaykroy)
@davejmatthews – (Dave Matthews)Why no follow backs?

And of course, you should probably follow us on Twitter as well…


Posted by Joe Long   @   1 September 2009 34 comments
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Jan 23, 2009
5:28 pm

I’m surprised you missed @DaveJMatthews – Dave Matthews like Kristin Herch, he does not follow back, but is entertaining and authentic. And like Q-Tip he replies quite a bit.

Definitely a twitter all-star in the realm of musicians IMHO.

Author Jan 24, 2009
11:00 am
#2 Administrator :

Thanks, just updated the list…

Jan 26, 2009
11:46 am
#3 brandon :

Wale: @WaleDC
Solange: @ solangeknowles
Chester French: @ DAChesterFrench

(they all sort of talk to each other)

Jan 26, 2009
5:01 pm

Awesome list!

Jan 27, 2009
12:08 am

You didn’t mention @matthewebel or @geoffsmith – both are indie piano rockers who are truly authentic when it comes to their interaction with fans.

Jan 27, 2009
2:07 am
#6 hansveld :

Please add Roger McGuinn (Byrds co-founder): @rogermcguinn

Jan 27, 2009
2:33 am
#7 Dfactor :

Time to follow Dfactor for your rock and roll fix – from a rocker/blogger/Tweeter view

Author Jan 27, 2009
10:22 am
#8 Administrator :

thanks everyone, still updating the list as much as possible…

Feb 3, 2009
8:12 pm
#9 Jordan :

GREAT list! thanks :)

Here is my twitter:

Feb 4, 2009
8:52 am
#10 Greedyspider :

I’m surprised you haven’t got @alexwoolf on this list. He is extremely interesting to follow, and gives an insight into what composing and music making is like for younger people.

Mar 24, 2009
8:55 pm

Billy Sherwood (formerly of Yes, now with CIRCA). New to Twitter. May need some encouragement to continue.

Apr 2, 2009
3:40 pm
#12 @RobEquiza :

well what about @peteyorn & @chriscornell?

Jun 7, 2009
9:35 am
#13 My hmphs :

I love how you don’t give a reason not to follow Yoko Ono. :)

Jun 11, 2009
10:54 am

follow Jenna JabUsome @heather54321

Aug 10, 2009
10:22 am
#15 wxcvbnc :

Good list, but,

You forgot the best singer/songriter in the world by now, the unknown portuguese Carlos Ruivo.
Should check him out on his website also:

Follow @ruivo he is sharing his songs for free and will be recording soon.

Aug 12, 2009
10:37 am
#16 Michael Epstein :

You ask why have an account if the (BeastieBoys)don’t use it… first thought that comes to mind is to prevent the inevitable “fake BeastieBoys” account from squating the account.

Sep 8, 2009
7:41 am
#17 thejenter :

How could you forget the great @amandapalmer!

Oct 19, 2009
9:04 am
#18 pixelmeow :


Oct 22, 2009
10:37 am

Great list! I do appreciate your reason why we shouldn’t follow particular musicians – saves us some time! 😉


Nov 10, 2009
3:47 pm
#20 bendyboy :

How about that guy from “Noah and the whale?” the one that went to med school has apparently set up a twitter


pretty sure it’s real. but only newish?

Jan 8, 2010
1:16 am
#21 carmen :

Hmm, actually Muse bandmembers themselves update ocasionally. When they do, they post pictures from their mobile phones and updates about their tour.

Feb 18, 2010
5:42 pm
#22 Alexia :

More good musicians to follow are @TomMcFly, @DannyMcFly, @DougieMcFly, & @McFlyHarry. They’re working on their new album, tweet A LOT, and post pics every few days. :)

Twitter is the best thing invented since stalking! ;D

Jul 7, 2010
6:10 am
#23 TheGuest182 :

Come on, @markhoppus of blink-182! He’s funny but doesn’t reply to people he doesn’t know :(

Jul 21, 2012
10:05 pm
#24 Marissa Jane :

@livandexmusic…loving them…follow!

Jul 13, 2013
9:29 am

This is a topic that’s close to my heart… Many thanks! Where are your contact details though?

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