Music News: Minneapolis writer inspires David Crosby to dis Titus Andronicus


David Crosby in New York, 2016.
David Crosby in New York, 2016. (Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

As Spin reports, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee David Crosby doesn't hesitate to use his Twitter to let fly on fellow musicians, from Jim Morrison to Fleet Foxes to, of course, his erstwhile bandmate Neil Young.

Crosby's latest targets are New Jersey indie rockers Titus Andronicus, and this time his scorn was inspired by a query from Jay Boller, who's now web editor and was formerly music editor at City Pages. "For whatever reason," notes Spin, "this afternoon, someone linked Croz to a Titus Andronicus video and asked him for his opinion on the band. Croz?"

Titus Andronicus were apparently amused by the attention: they retweeted Crosby's take, as well as a follow-up.

Ironically, Titus Andronicus themselves failed to spark a response from Crosby last month when they asked him about attending a Velvet Underground show in 1966.

As Wednesday night wore on, Crosby softened.

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