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50 Top Tweeters in Music

Whether it’s Kanye West or M.I.A., these effusive folks deliver entertainment 140 characters at a time

Rock stars, of course, express themselves through music. But Twitter, the perfect forum for anyone with a big ego, atrocious grammar and a smartphone, has proven a natural fit for these effusive souls. We've now read enough tweets about tour grub, philosophies of life and Persian rugs the cost of compact cars that we felt compelled to offer this guide to music's top Tweeters. Click through for the folks to follow.

By Amos Barshad

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35

Jay Electronica

@JayElectronica

Why You Should Follow Him: The underground vet might get famous soon; he was recently signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation. But right now he's still accessible enough that he Tweets his personal email. Also provides inspirational catchphrases and quotes himself.

Characteristic Tweets:
"every doctor aint a healer, and every healer aint got a medical degree."

"Wake up. I dare you."

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34

Slash

@slash

Why You Should Follow Him: Slash doesn't bother with rock star pretenses, preferring to use Twitter as a platform for his inner guitar-nerd. And if that wasn't endearing enough, he signs off each Tweet with this homemade Slash emoticon: Iii|; )'

Characteristic Tweet:
"Going thru gtrs for the tour today. I've replaced all my amps w/AFD 100s. Will be a sweet sounding set up. Iii|; )' "

"Just had dinner w/MK. He had spinach for dessert. No kidding. Iii|; )'"

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33

Tokyo Police Club

@tokyopoliceclub

Why You Should Follow Them: A steady stream of updates from the road and the studio from the underrated Canadian act. A nice look into the workmanlike life of an indie band coming up.

Characteristic Tweets:
"TORONTO!! Show up early tonight to help us color in our new tour posters, and don't forget to submit your own online!"

"We are releasing a hand-made magazine which will be sold on this next tour. We are insanely excited. Are you?"

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32

Ted Leo

@tedleo

Why You Should Follow Him: Online, Leo's always been forthcoming about his career; he's blogged about the challenges of maintaining profitability as a veteran indie act. His Twitter, though, is a more lighthearted travelogue.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Today would have been the only day that flamenco jazz gtr guy could've started playing 'Baker Street,' and have had it been o.k. He blew it."

"And I haven't heard "Greensleves"/"What Child is This" in a LONG-ass time, yo – thanks again!"

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31

Aimee Mann

@aimeemann

Why You Should Follow Her: Mann might never again reach the heights of her Twitter beef with Ice-T, when she criticized his acting on Law & Order: SVU and he told her to "eat a hot bowl of dicks." Her amusing, low-key self-deprecation is pretty good on its own, though.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Today me and MP are clearing out a bunch of junk from our backyard. All the lessons I've learned on 'Hoarders' are coming in handy!"

"I got some air-tight containers to store flour in, and @timheidecker got large plastic bins for cables and surge protectors. Woooo!"

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30

Andy Milonakis

@AndyMilonakis

Why You Should Follow Him: Admittedly more of a comedian than a musician, Milonakis' feed is a natural place for his scatterbrained oddities.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Photo: My baby dog looks really funny here. He’s actually 4 but he looks young like me."

"My blood is boiling today between missed UPS packages and missed calls, I wanna drop kick a random stranger in the pussy (guy or girl)"

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29

St. Vincent

@st_vincent

Why You Should Follow Her: Boldly nerdy and adorably precious; recently tried to get a "dustoffyourlibrarycard" hashtag going.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Tracy Morgan's memoir, 'I Am the New Black,' is sold out at every bookstore in Manhattan. #trustme.i'velooked."

"Did I mention I'm working on a new album? I'm working on a new album! All other details TBA in due time, friends. X"

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28

Solange

@solangeknowles

Why You Should Follow Her: Beyoncé's hipster baby sister has interesting friends, stories about her son, and inner thoughts she'd like to share with you.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Yo. I don't believe in violence but I almost beat someone's ass tonight. Lot a bit of Martin, but a lot a bit of Malcom."

"Can someone introduce me and Regina King on a friday night, when I have a sitter?"