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Heatmiser - 100% match to Elliott Smith

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Portland, Oregon, USA, Heatmiser were an alternative rock quartet comprising two strong songwriters, Neil Gust (guitar, vocals) and Elliott Smith (Steven Paul Smith, 6 August 1969 Omaha, Nebraska, USA, d. 21 October 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA; vocals), and a rhythm section comprising Sam Coomes (bass) and Tony Lash (drums). Much of their early reputation hi Read more

Bright Eyes - 39% match to Elliott Smith

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Bright Eyes is one of many projects instigated by indie singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor Oberst (Conor Mullen Oberst, 15 February 1980, Omaha, Nebraska, USA). His recordings explore a similar lo-fi territory to the work of Will Oldham and Bill Callahan’s Smog, although Oberst’s tremulous vocals and almost adolescent verbosity sometimes betray his relative yout Read more

Nick Drake - 39% match to Elliott Smith

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Nicholas Rodney Drake, 19 June 1948, Rangoon, Burma, d. 25 November 1974, Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England. Born in Burma into an upper middle-class background, Drake was raised in Tanworth-in-Arden, near Birmingham. Recordings made at his parents’ home in 1967 revealed a blossoming talent, indebted to Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, yet clearly a songwriter in h Read more

Sparklehorse - 31% match to Elliott Smith

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Mark Linkous (Virginia, USA) made an innocuous start to his music career, recording two albums in the mid-80s with the US indie rock band the Dancing Hoods. He first came to record under the band identity of Sparklehorse thanks to the munificence of David Lowery, who left his eight-track recording equipment at Linkous’ Richmond, Virginia, USA home for two years while hi Read more

Sufjan Stevens - 27% match to Elliott Smith

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Electronic & Ambient Folk Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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1 July 1975, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Indie pop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens built up a cult following in the early years of the twenty-first century with a series of ambitious solo albums informed by his religious faith. Raised in Detroit, Stevens attended music school and college, where he learned to play the oboe, piano, guitar, bass, banjo an Read more

Conor Oberst - 24% match to Elliott Smith

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Jeff Buckley - 24% match to Elliott Smith

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Jeffrey Scott Buckley, 17 November 1966, Orange County, California, USA, d. 29 May 1997, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The son of respected singer-songwriter Tim Buckley, Jeff Buckley not unnaturally took exception to comparisons with his father, and cited his mother Mary Guibert as a greater influence. Having studied at the Los Angeles Musicians’ Institute, Jeff moved to Ne Read more

Neutral Milk Hotel - 23% match to Elliott Smith

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s
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The creation of singer-songwriter Jeff Mangum, Neutral Milk Hotel formed part of the loose knit Elephant 6 Recording Company collective of psych pop bands based in Athens, Georgia, USA. Mangum grew up in Ruston, Louisiana with fellow 60s enthusiasts Will Cullen Hart, Bill Doss and Robert Schneider, playing in various bands including Maggot and Cranberry Life Cycle. In 1990, Man Read more

Iron And Wine - 22% match to Elliott Smith

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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Sam Beam, South Carolina, USA. This Miami, Florida, USA-based one-man band earned comparisons to 70s folk rock icon Nick Drake with the release of his 2002 debut, The Creek Drank The Cradle. Multi-instrumentalist Sam Beam began issuing lo-fi tapes as Iron And Wine in the late 90s as a sideline to his day job as a cinematography teacher, crafting a slew of minimalist folk pop Read more

Quasi - 21% match to Elliott Smith

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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The members of US indie rockers Quasi are probably better known for the other bands/artists that they have performed with. Janet Weiss (24 September 1965, Hollywood, California, USA; drums) also plays with Sleater-Kinney, while Sam Coomes (vocals, guitar, keyboards) has played with Built To Spill, Heatmiser and Elliott Smith’s band. Formed during the early 90s in Portla Read more

Songs: Ohia - 21% match to Elliott Smith

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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The creation of US artist Jason Molina, a prolific singer-songwriter who also records under the Magnolia Electric Co. name. Molina’s folk rock sound and introspective lyrics draw on songwriting icons such as Neil Young and Leonard Cohen. The young Molina split his time between West Virginia and Lorain, Ohio, before he began performing in the Cleveland area as a member of l Read more

Andrew Bird - 20% match to Elliott Smith

Genres: Big Band & Swing Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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11 July 1973, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A classically trained violinist, Bird studied music at Illinois’ Northwestern University, graduating in 1995. His early work was as a session musician for various acts in and around Chicago and he formed funk rock band Charlie Nobody, which was made up of Bird and fellow Northwestern University graduates. He was soon approached by C Read more

Cat Power - 19% match to Elliott Smith

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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The Mountain Goats - 19% match to Elliott Smith

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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The Mountain Goats is the primary outlet for singer-songwriter and guitarist John Darnielle’s oblique, storytelling writing, with narrative and themes developed on songs from various albums and EP and single releases. Born in Bloomington, Indiana, USA, while Darnielle was still a toddler his family relocated to California, which eventually led to an interest in the 80s wes Read more

Built To Spill - 18% match to Elliott Smith

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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An alternative rock trio formed in Boise, Idaho, USA, Built To Spill developed a considerable reputation for their energetic performances, strong songwriting and frenetic musicianship for a variety of independent labels before making the move to Warner Brothers Records in the mid-90s. Long-standing fans were divided about this development, though most were pleased that this tal Read more


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