Elliott Smith

Featured Elliott Smith stories

The Anniversary

XO Turns 20

One evening in March of 1998, Elliott Smith stepped out onstage in the Shrine Auditorium, with Jack Nicholson, James Cameron, Madonna, Aaliyah, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Denzel…
Tom Breihan | August 24, 2018 - 10:49 am

Gotcha Covered

Gotcha Covered: “Thirteen”

Rock 'n' roll is supposed to be about feeling young and agitated, at least if you go by the mythos that the genre likes to…
Nate Patrin | May 2, 2017 - 11:00 am

The Anniversary

Either/Or Turns 20

Death becomes Elliott Smith. His music is so fragile, so biting yet subtly sweet, that he fits especially well into the tortured genius narrative often…
Chris DeVille | February 24, 2017 - 12:13 pm

More Elliott Smith stories

Vanessa Carlton – “Needle In The Hay” (Elliott Smith Cover) Video

Vanessa Carlton has transitioned from beloved few-hits wonder (shout out to "Ordinary Day") to tasteful cover artist. She covered Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend" in March…
Julia Gray | July 19, 2018 - 7:46 pm

Watch Madonna’s Acoustic Cover Of Elliott Smith’s “Between The Bars”

Back in 2013, as a sort of performance-art protest-stunt, Madonna covered Elliott Smith's forlorn 1997 classic "Between The Bars" at a launch party. It was…
Tom Breihan | November 9, 2017 - 9:12 am

Hear No. 2’s Previously Unreleased Elliott Smith Collaboration “Who’s Behind The Door?”

No. 2's 2002 album What Does Good Luck Bring? is getting reissued later this month, and the band's Neil Gust -- who started Heatmiser with…
James Rettig | April 14, 2017 - 3:22 pm

Hear Unreleased Elliott Smith Song “I Figured You Out” From Either/Or: Expanded Edition

Elliott Smith's incredible 1997 album Either/Or will reach its 20th anniversary this year, and his old label Kill Rock Stars is commemorating the milestone by…
Chris DeVille | January 4, 2017 - 9:51 am

Stream New Elliott Smith Covers By Waxahatchee, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, & More

Everyone loves Elliott Smith, and that includes other musicians. A whole bunch of indie rock heavy-hitters came together to contribute to the new Elliott Smith…
Peter Helman | October 14, 2016 - 9:13 am

J Mascis – “Waltz #2″ (Elliott Smith Cover)

The late Elliott Smith is one of the most universally beloved songwriters in the history of indie rock, and many of his admirers have contributed…
Tom Breihan | October 5, 2016 - 8:55 am

Frank Ocean Blonde Comment Party

After a seemingly endless series of teases, but not at all long after Endless, Frank Ocean has really, truly, honestly delivered The Album Formerly Known
Chris DeVille | August 20, 2016 - 7:09 pm

Watch Elliott Smith In A 1994 Devo Tribute Band

We don't get to hear too many stories of Elliott Smith being straight-up silly, but here's one. In 1994, shortly after releasing his first solo…
Tom Breihan | June 15, 2016 - 9:47 am

Yuck – “Bled White” (Elliott Smith Cover)

An Elliott Smith tribute album featuring contributions from Waxahatchee, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, J. Mascis, Lou Barlow, Julien Baker, Amanda Palmer, Belly/The Breeder’s Tanya Donelly, and…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | May 5, 2016 - 10:54 am

Julien Baker – “Ballad Of Big Nothing” (Elliott Smith Cover)

Later this year, the Elliott Smith tribute album Say Yes! will be released. It'll feature covers from Waxahatchee, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, J. Mascis, Lou Barlow,…
James Rettig | April 4, 2016 - 10:21 am

Waxahatchee, Julien Baker, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon Contribute To New Elliott Smith Tribute Album

Earlier this year, we finally got the soundtrack to the 2014 Elliott Smith doc Heaven Adores You, and it looks like interest in the legendary…
James Rettig | March 3, 2016 - 5:18 pm

Watch DIIV Cover Elliott Smith’s “Ballad Of Big Nothing”

We already knew that DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith was a huge Kurt Cobain admirer. And it's not a huge surprise that he also idolizes…
Tom Breihan | February 22, 2016 - 2:25 pm
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