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

Plus, the band announces US tour dates

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    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.

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    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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