Elliott Smith Lines Up New Album, Solo Tour

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Elliott Smith is preparing to deliver a new album, and he plans to trumpet the effort with a solo acoustic tour.

Smith will release "Figure 8" (his first album since 1998's heralded "XO") in April, and he will lead up to the album's release with a solo tour kicking off next week in Los Angeles. Armed with only his acoustic guitar, Smith will hit Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and five other cities before wrapping up on March 1 in San Francisco.

Spokespeople for Smith say that after the solo tour wraps and "Figure 8" hits stores, Smith will launch a full-band tour that may kick off in May.

"Figure 8" once again find Smith teamed with producers Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf, who worked with Smith on 1997's "Either/Or" and 1998's "XO." When the album arrives, fans will find titles like "Son of Sam," "Somebody That I Used To Know," "Junk Bond Trader," "Everything Reminds Me Of Her," "Everything Means Nothing To Me," "LA,"

"In The Lost And Found (Honky Bach)," "The Roost," "Stupidity Tries," "Easy Way Out," "Wouldn't Mama Be Proud," "Color Bars," "Happiness," "The Gondola Man," "Pretty Mary K," "Better Be Quiet Now," "Can't Make A Sound," and "Bye."

Smith had already released three albums and garnered heaps of critical praise when he reached the mainstream in 1997 with "Miss Misery," the Oscar-nominated track he kicked in for the "Good Will Hunting" soundtrack.

If you want to catch Smith on the road, here's where to look:

  • 2/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy
  • 2/20 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
  • 2/21 - Philadelphia, PA @ North Star
  • 2/22 - New York, NY @ Town Hall
  • 2/24 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
  • 2/25 - Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
  • 2/26 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
  • 2/28 - Seattle, WA @ Breakroom
  • 2/29 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon
  • 3/1 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill