CONCERT REVIEW: Elliott Smith wins over Los Angeles crowd

Josh Chesler
University Wire
(Daily Trojan) (U-WIRE) LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- There came a moment during Elliott Smith's first encore at the El Rey Theatre Wednesday night when he shyly dedicated "Miss Misery," his Oscar-nominated song from "Good Will Hunting," to the audience, and it became obvious how both deserved and unlikely his success has been.

In the past year and a half, the indie-folk troubadour has gone from releasing stark acoustic albums on the Kill Rock Stars label to bowing with Celine Dion at the Academy Awards and topping year-end critics' polls with last year's elegant XO. But Smith, whether he's in front of five people or 5,000, still plays …

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