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DIIV cover Elliott Smith’s “Ballad of Big Nothing” — watch

on February 22, 2016, 3:45pm

Earlier this month brought the release of the soundtrack to the 2014 Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You. The 20-track collection featured a number of rare and previously unheard tracks from across the late singer-songwriter’s career. If that wasn’t enough Smith material for fans, this week a new cover of his 1997 Either/Or cut “Ballad of Big Nothing”, by Brooklyn indie rockers DIIV, has been revealed.

The band’s connection to Smith should come as no surprise, as DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith has long considered the songwriter a major influence; if you’ll recall, he and girlfriend Sky Ferreira participated in a tribute concert back in 2013.

The acoustic take was done as part of HERO Magazine’s online HERO Sessions series. For its accompanying feature story, Zachary Cole Smith notes that girlfriend Ferreira once gifted him with a guitar that Elliott Smith previously played.

Watch below.

Additionally, DIIV have announced a US tour in support of their latest album, Is the Is Are.

DIIV 2016 Tour Dates:
02/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
02/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
02/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
02/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
02/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
03/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel
03/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel
03/05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel
05/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Making Time at 714
05/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit
05/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
05/25 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
05/26 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
05/27 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
05/28 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
05/29 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
05/30 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
06/01 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
06/02 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
06/03 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
06/04 – Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch
06/05 – Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
06/07 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
06/08 – Pawtucket, RI @ Met
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