Singer/songwriter Elliott Smith will hit the road again in May for a monthlong trek behind his fifth solo album, Figure 8 (April 18).
Fresh from a short string of solo-acoustic shows in late February and early March and an appearance at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, the guitar-playing pop-rocker will set off this time with a full band on May 5 in Dallas and head north.
Stops are scheduled in Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and Providence, R.I., with three shows at New York's Irving Plaza, May 1719. Rockers the Whiskey Biscuits will fill the opening slot through May 19.
Additional shows are tentatively scheduled, starting May 20 in Burlington, Vt., through June 8 in Los Angeles, according to a Smith publicist.
Smith, a former singer/songwriter for the indie-rock band Heatmiser, released his first solo album, Roman Candle, in 1994. He continued to gain a loyal following with his lo-fi rock sound on Elliott Smith (1995) and Either/Or (1997), but his popularity soared when six of his songs were included on the soundtrack to the 1997 movie "Good Will Hunting." "Miss Misery" (RealAudio excerpt) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
On the critically acclaimed XO (1998), Smith mixed his previously stripped-down sound with lush production, as heard on the poppy "Baby Britain" (RealAudio excerpt).
The singer continued his foray into soundtracks by covering the Beatles' "Because" (RealAudio excerpt) for the "American Beauty" soundtrack (1999). That movie won five Academy Awards on Sunday.
Figure 8 will continue in the same melodic direction as XO, while adding harder rock elements, according to producer Tom Rothrock. It includes the single "Happiness" (RealAudio excerpt).
Elliott Smith tour dates:
May 5; Dallas, Texas; Trees
May 6; Austin, Texas; La Zona Rosa
May 8; Atlanta, Ga.; Variety Playhouse
May 10; Raleigh, N.C.; Ritz Theatre
May 12; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club
May 13; Philadelphia, Pa.; Trocadero
May 15; Boston, Mass.; The Roxy
May 16; Providence, R.I.; Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
May 1719; New York, N.Y.; Irving Plaza
May 20; Burlington, Vt.; Higher Ground
May 22; Montreal, Quebec; Spectrum
May 23; Toronto, Ontario; Phoenix Concert Theatre
May 24; Detroit, Mich.; St. Andrew's Hall
May 2526; Chicago, Ill.; Metro
May 27; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue
May 29; Denver, Colo.; Ogden Theatre
May 31June 1; Seattle, Wash.; Showbox Theatre
June 2; Vancouver, British Columbia; Commodore Ballroom
June 3; Portland, Ore.; Crystal Ballroom
June 56; San Francisco, Calif.; Fillmore
June 78; Los Angeles, Calif.; Palace