By now there's a good chance you've caught the Twitter bug, and if you're anything like me you probably spend more time than you should tweeting, re-tweeting, twitpic-ing and generally being a social media geek. If you haven't, you're missing out on another highly addictive way to play around on the Internet (and come on, you know you need more of those). A while ago, I wrote about my plunge into the land of tweets and how using Twitter could be a good way for bands to self-promote. Since then, tweeting has gotten even more popular and many more local bands have joined in on the fun.
Below is a rundown of some Twitter-friendly Chicago bands and musicians. Follow them to get to know them and keep up with news of their music, and while you're at it don't forget to follow me @chicagorock.
Chicago rock musicians on Twitter:
Andrew Bird - The renowned singer-songwriter's tweets aren't interactive, but offer regular updates.
Aviary Ghost - "Conjures a breadth of American music, from bar room sing-alongs, jazz, folk, even cabaret."
Big Sky Stringband - "Midwest touring jamband."
Blane Fonda - New band featuring former members of The Sapiens.
Calvin Marty and the Sunken Ship - Dramatic folk-rock.
Cheap Trick - The classic power pop/rock band's account looks relatively new and so far includes a few updates.
Company of Thieves - Soulful, catchy pop/rock.
FiVe 0 SiX - Blend of funk, soul, traditional rock, heavy metal, and hip hop.
Hello Dave - "Chicago twang." Blend of rock, pop, folk and blues.
Jonny Rumble - Punk-influenced pop/rock.
Keith and the Complications - "Hard soul."
Lost Cartographers - "Alt.country/Americana band. Think Wilco + Cowboy Junkies."
Loyal Divide - Mix of experimental, electronic and psychedelic sounds.
Mannequin Men - Loud and reckless rock 'n' roll.
Mr. Russia - "Bastard offspring of Iggy Pop and The White Stripes."
My Gold Mask - Two-piece that makes "extrinsic pop within a minimalist context."
Overman - Mix of rock, pop, folk and blues.
Plain White T's - The pop/rock band best known for massive hit "Hey There Delilah" update regularly.
Post Honeymoon - "Think Siouxsie Sioux meets the Motels, meets Love & Rockets (without the guitars)."
Project ULTRA - "Groove-based rock with the lyrical prose and honesty of a singer-songwriter."
Seven Day Sonnet - Prog rock.
Smashing Pumpkins - Billy Corgan and company have a pretty active account, with regular updates and some interaction.
The Fold - Alt.rock/pop.
The Frantic - Pop/punk.
The Handcuffs - "Think Queens of the Stone Age and Blondie on a roadtrip with Beck."
The Hue - "Aggressive progressive fusion."
The Maybenauts - "Think the Runaways meet Foreigner, fronted by a foul-mouthed version of Ann and Nancy Wilson."
The Rikters - Hook-filled power rock.
The Sweeps - Indie/punk.
Treaty of Paris - "Upbeat melodies, poppy harmonies, heartfelt lyrics, and memorable guitar hooks."
Volcano! - Experimental indie rock.