The Followables: 10 Music Critics You Should Follow on Twitter


The world of Twitter can be hard to navigate. We know that you’re already following us @flavorpill, but we decided it would be fun (and possibly helpful) if we rounded up some of our other Twitter favorites in a series we’re calling “The Followables.” The first set of Twitter all-stars in the spotlight are the music critics we love. Do us a favor and leave a comment with anyone who you enjoy who didn’t make our list.


Who: Chris Weingarten

Why: His endurance. Chris tweeted his way through 1000 albums last year, and just announced that he will tweet review 100 shows at SXSW in a four day period.


Who: Maura Johnston

Why: Her funny (but always dead on) insights. Formerly of Idolator, now with the Village Voice, the Awl, and more, Maura has a way of elevating what could be seen as guilty pleasures into something greater.


Who: Sasha Frere-Jones

Why: He’s old guard. Though we’ve had our disagreements with him in the past re: the death of rap, SFJ has been breathing music for established publications like the New York Post, the Village Voice, and the New Yorker since like forever.


Who: Liz Colville

Why: Her non-music tweets are just as interesting as her music-related ones (especially when they’re about her cat’s editing skills). Liz edits Spinner, and contributes at the L Magazine, the Awl, and This Recording.


Who: Jonny Leather

Why: He’s a fanboy (in a good way). Beyond sharing an interest in ARMS, a Flavorpill fav, Jonny won’t forgive MGMT for their newest single and wants to know why the Walkmen can’t win MetroMix’s Music March Madness.


Who: Sheena Beaston

Why: She’s sassy. This NYC-based blogger shares an insane number of MP3s and reviews on her feed, embracing a wide array of genres. Sheena also swears that music will cure all ailments. We’ll buy it.


Who: David Gutowski

Why: He’s literary. David’s taste in both books and music skews toward the quirky, but not in a gimmicky way. He’s like that middle school boyfriend who introduced you to The Smiths.


Who: Mike Bradford

Why: He has a British accent. Hailing from across the pond in Brighton, Mike and his team at The Recommender keep us up to date on the buzz from England. They’re also super chatty if you tweet at them.


Who: Patrick Duffy

Why: He’s a contrarian. During the great Google Blog Removal of 2010, Patrick of Pop Tarts Suck Toasted was briefly operating solely on Twitter. Now that his blog is back up, he’s got plenty of space freed up to argue with our other music all-stars.


Who: Jessica Hopper

Why: She’s done her homework and then some. Jessica is the author of The Girls’ Guide to Rocking , zine Hit It or Quit It, and a music contributor for This American Life.

Honorable mentions go to @irockiroll, @fourwallsdown, @themusicslut, @hamsandwich.

Did we miss your favorite music Twitterist? Leave their name in the comments.