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Today’s Music News: Canadian Target employees say goodbye with ‘Closing Time’ cover

Just after the Target in Victoria, British Columbia closed on March 31—along with other Target stores across Canada—a group of employees recorded a cover of Semisonic‘s “Closing Time” for a poignant video that’s now gone viral. (Vita.mn)

Don Henley has accepted the Duluth Trading Co.’s apology for an e-mail ad headlined, “Don a henley and take it easy.” Henley sued the Wisconsin-based apparel company over the ad, and the suit has now been resolved with a public apology and a donation to the Walden Woods Project. (Local Current)

Google and Abbey Road Studios have created an interactive tour of what might be the world’s most famous recording studio. (Pitchfork)

In a newly released clip from the forthcoming documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of HeckNirvana are seen performing in a living room for an audience of two. (Rolling Stone)

Temple of the Dog are in a legal dispute with Raj Parashar, co-founder of the Seattle recording studio where the one-off band’s single, self-titled album was recorded in 1990. Parashar says he owns the master tapes for the album, but A&M Records disagree, and have sued Parashar for the tapes with the support of Temple of the Dog founder Chris Cornell. It’s possible the label wants to use the tape for a reissue of the grunge classic, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year. (Billboard)

Lou Reed‘s sister Merrill Reed Weiner has written an essay in which she seeks to set the record straight about some aspects of her family life that she says have been misrepresented. Notably, she denies that her parents were homophobic—contradicting some who have said that her parents approved electroconvulsive therapy for Lou Reed because he had confessed to homosexual urges. Weiner agrees the therapy was a mistake, but says her parents were “blazing liberals” who never would have censured a gay child. (Billboard)

There’s a new trailer for Love & Mercy, the Brian Wilson biopic that comes out on June 5. (Billboard)

Jack White has made a new digital transfer of Elvis Presley‘s first recording, which White recently bought for $300,000 and will reissue as a facsimile 78RPM record for Record Store Day. (Rolling Stone)

Geoff Barrow of Portishead says that he’s made only about $2,500 from 34 million streams of his music. (Consequence of Sound)

A limited-run New York revival of Little Shop of Horrors will star Jake Gyllenhall. (io9)