Boards of Canada's Album Reveal, Braids' Return and the Passing of Slayer's Jeff Hanneman in Our News Roundup

Boards of Canada's Album Reveal, Braids' Return and the Passing of Slayer's Jeff Hanneman in Our News Roundup
Once again, we've rolled around to that time of the week when we look back on it all with our news roundup. So if you're looking to catch up on your music news, here are some of the top stories that filled our pages this week.

First off, the big reveal of the week came from long-absent electronic duo Boards of Canada, who finally announced their new album, Tomorrow's Harvest. Of course, the group hardly took the traditional route to getting the info out there, teasing fans and journalist with a series of cryptic, head-scratching clues. Well, now you can circle June 11 on your calendar as the day Boards of Canada come back into your life.

In Canadian music, however, we had a lot going on as well. There was the Ontario government announcing plans for a $45 million music fund, while Braids made their anticipated return with a new 12-inch and spoke exclusively to Exclaim! all about what's in store. Also, there were more new album announcements from Vancouver's Courtneys, Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld, Champion, and City Streets, who are giving us their swan song.

In addition, it was another big week for Canuck festivals, as we got lineup announcements from Wolfe Island, Shambhala, Sled Island and Sound in Motion.

In more international news, Andrew Seward left Against Me!, Tyler, the Creator sparked a bunch of controversy with his Mountain Dew ad (a controversy he's since responded to), and Neutral Milk Hotel reunited for a global tour.

Finally, it was definitely a sad week in music as well. Slayer guitar god Jeff Hanneman sadly passed away, as did Kris Kross' Chris Kelly.

And in case you missed it, if you're curious about Daft Punk's Random Access Memory, you can read our in-depth track-by-track preview here.