Top 10 local music nerds to follow on Twitter


For those about to tweet: We salute you. Twitter has become a phenomenal way to stay in the know on the latest make-ups and break-ups, stage antics, and "secret shows" (yeah right) in the Twin Cities.

Here's a list of 10 fascinating local music peeps we enjoy following on Twitter, from musicians to clubs to active show-going folks in the know -- not comprehensive by any means, but folks we think are worth following.

[jump] 10. 89.3 the Current's Barb Abney (@BarbAbney)

The Current's lunch hour DJ (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays) gives her followers a down-to-earth, unassuming look at her day job, from choosing her favorite cover songs to meeting iconic musicians.

9. M.anifest (@manifestive)

Local hip-hop artist M.anifest reflects thoughtfully on everything from politics to Arsenio Hall's acting career to his personal feelings about his own art.


8. Roy Wilkins Auditorium (@TheRoyWilkins)

A newcomer to the Twitter, Roy Wilkins offers a surprisingly funny take on the concerts that occur in its auditorium. We were especially fond of the venue's response to a few tweeters who called it the "worst venue ever."

7. Mike Davis (@Mike2600)

Local DJ and Burlesque of North America designer Mike Davis, a.k.a. Mike 2600, writes about his design work, mixes, and hilarious random thoughts.

6. John Munson (@munsongs)

Local music mainstay John Munson (the Twilight Hours, the New Standards, Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic) muses on his favorite music, "fashion," and whatever else happens to be on his mind.

5. Kyle Matteson (@solace)

Want to find out about new shows the millisecond they're announced? @solace is your man. An avid showgoer, Kyle is in the loop on all the best upcoming show rumors, and is usually one of the first folks to tweet about hot shows. Also, his live tweets at shows are often spot-on and hilarious.

4. First Avenue (@FirstAvenue)

One of the Cities' most legendary venues has proven itself to be savvy on Twitter, utilizing the service to do ticket giveaways, announce new shows, and post set times for fans.

3. Dessa (@dessadarling)

The Doomtree MC, writer, and McNally Smith faculty member offers personal, poignant glimpses into her day-to-day life.

2. Drew Christopherson (@totallyGNP)

As the Totally Gross National Product label head and member of the on-again, off-again electro band Digitata, Drew gives his sincere and fearless take on the local music scene.

1. Jason Cook (@jbirdrse)

The Rhymesayers tour manager provides an up-close and often ridiculous glimpse into life on tour with artists like Atmosphere and Brother Ali. His #ontourfacts tweets alone could be a coffee table book.


And while you're following tweeps, make sure @gimme_noise is in your feed to stay up-to-date on the latest local music news.