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Music News: Hear a previously unreleased Elliott Smith track

On March 10, Kill Rock Stars is releasing a deluxe edition of Elliott Smith’s 1997 album Either/Or. One of the bonus tracks will be a previously unheard demo version of the song “I Figured You Out,” a song Smith gave to Mary Lou Lord and occasionally performed himself in concert. Smith’s demo version is now online. (NPR)

Obamas reportedly inviting A-listers to last White House bash

The Washington Post reports that Barack and Michelle Obama are hosting their final White House party on Friday, and some big names are in the mix.

Old standbys such as singer Usher and actor Samuel L. Jackson will most likely be there, according to another person with knowledge of the invitees. Also currently practicing their sweet moves are media titan Oprah Winfrey, who snagged an exit interview with the first lady last month on her fellow invitee and bestie Gayle King’s network CBS; actor Bradley Cooper, who showed up to the French state dinner sans underpants; Beyoncé, who sang at both of Obama’s inaugurations, and her husband, rapper Jay Z, are both whispered to be performing. We’re also hearing that Stevie Wonder, who has performed at the White House, director J.J. Abrams and director George Lucas make the list.

Lou Reed portrait appears in New York subway station

When New York City’s new Second Avenue subway line opened on New Year’s Day, riders were pleased to find that the 86th Street Station features tile portraits of Lou Reed and composer Philip Glass, among others created by famed artist Chuck Close. (Pitchfork)

The xx announce tour by sending fans free tickets

The xx have tipped North Americans off to a forthcoming tour. How? By sending free tickets to some lucky fans in Dallas, Philadelphia, and Portland, Me. (Pitchfork)

Kevin Parker protests Australian highway

Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) played a concert in his native Australia protesting the expansion of a Perth highway extension that’s believed by many to be “economically and environmentally harmful,” reports Pitchfork.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me soundtrack to be reissued on vinyl

With a new season of Twin Peaks set to air on Showtime sometime this year, the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is returning to select cinemas for its 25th anniversary. As part of the anniversary, the film’s Angelo Badalamenti soundtrack is being reissued on blood-red vinyl. The two-LP reissue is out Jan. 25. (Pitchfork)

Today’s inauguration news

In a tweet on Wednesday, Donald Trump claimed that young classical singer Jackie Evancho has seen her sales “skyrocket” since becoming one of just two musical performers confirmed to date for his presidential inauguration. (The other act is the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.) Billboard looked at the numbers, and concluded that whether the claim is accurate “depends on how loose your definition of ‘skyrocketed’ is.” One of Evancho’s Christmas albums did see sales almost double (from 6,000 copies to 11,000 copies) in the week following the inauguration booking, but Evancho was also doing other publicity around the album, and most holiday albums see sales rise sharply as Christmas approaches.

JT’s got game

Justin Timberlake might be giving Win Butler a run for his money in the roundball department. Hanging out at L.A.’s Staples Center, the pop star drained two shots from half-court. (Billboard)

And just in case y'all thought it was a fluke…

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