The best indie musicians to follow on Twitter

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You've seen Grimes at the Entry, now follow her on Twitter

Way back in 2006, I bet the founders of Twitter had no idea the social-media platform would become the force it is today. Sure, you can interact with your friends and whatnot, but perhaps the coolest, most intriguing part of Twitter is the way it makes us music lovers able to connect with what our favorite musicians are up to.

Just think about it. Your favorite artist -- whether some nobody musician who makes beats in his or her basement or even a legend like Cher -- is most likely active on Twitter. It allows us to make a personal connection with our idols. Looking around Twitter, we've found that some less-popular acts totally triumph in the tweeting game against those with 40-plus million followers like Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.

So, we've compiled a list of 12 indie artists who you should probably think about following on Twitter below. So go on, do a quick unfollowing spree and do what you gotta do to make some room on your timeline for some fresh 140-character goodness from artists who are contributing some new sounds to the music world.

GRIMES
Who? Synth/dream-pop singer and producer
Twitter Bio: "Give me your hands if we be friends, And Robin shall restore amends p.s. I don't check my dms"
Why Follow? Grimes may seem all "underground," but she's fairly obsessed with mainstream pop culture and her tweets reflect that. You'll also get a taste of all the other hilarious ramblings that swirl around her head on a day-to-day basis.
Best Song: "Oblivion"




DIPLO
Who? Lead member of Major Lazer, DJ, producer
Twitter Bio: "random white dude be everywhere, founder of smoothie wolf, feeding the streets since 1885"
Why Follow? Diplo is pretty great on all social media. Since he's typically behind a DJ booth, his tweets are what give us an inside look at his awesome personality. Expect lots of often blunt, hilarious tweets about what he sees while playing shows, the hip hop community, and pictures of girls twerking upside down at his gigs.
Best Song: "Express Yourself"




RYAN HEMSWORTH
Who? DJ, EDM producer
Twitter Bio: "CANADIAN PRINCE aka MR. STEAL YOUR WIFI aka PRODUCER GAME OMAR BORKAN AL GALAAKA aka THE BAE WHISPERER"
Why Follow? If you're into late night YouTube search nostalgia, video game characters, and the Tumblr/Internet community in general, give Ryan Hemsworth a follow. Also, check out some of his awesome remixes.
Best Song: Frank Ocean, "Thinkin About You" (remix)




EDWARD DROSTE
Who? Member of Grizzly Bear
Twitter Bio: "Creepy as fuck. Namaste"
Why Follow? Ed Droste's everyday thoughts and random human observations are all he needs to make his Twitter one of the most hilarious on this whole list.
Best Song: "Knife"




DEVONTE HYNES
Who? Singer in Blood Orange, producer, songwriter
Twitter Bio: "Could be working in Burger King spitting on your onion rings"
Why Follow? You can tell Hynes knows a lot about the music industry, and his real, often inspirational tweets are a nice refresher from those producers who only tweet about club appearances or Soundcloud links.
Best Song: "Chamakay"




JOHN RODERICK
Who? Singer of The Long Winters
Twitter Bio: "Singer of The Long Winters"
Why Follow? Roderick ignores tweeting about his music, but instead shares his thoughts on politics, religion and society as a whole. Scroll down his feed from time to time to feel enlightened.
Best Song: "Scared Straight"

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4 comments
Alex Stone
Alex Stone

How is Andrew WK not on this list?

JustusMN
JustusMN

on a related note, Blockhead (@BlockheadNYC) is one my favorite people to follow on twitter, he's pretty funny. His blog is also really good.

Damien Tank
Damien Tank

You follow your favorite musicians on Twitter. Now go to their shows and buy their records.

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