Neil Halstead on the Future of Slowdive, Black Flag's New Album Reveal and the Passing of Trigger Happy's Mark Gibson in Our News Roundup

Neil Halstead on the Future of Slowdive, Black Flag's New Album Reveal and the Passing of Trigger Happy's Mark Gibson in Our News Roundup
With another workweek down and another weekend here, we've taken a look back at all the stories flooding our news pages to offer up our ever-reliable roundup. If you missed something, come get back on top of it all below.

First off, we got a much better idea of what shoegaze icon Neil Halstead has planned for the future, not only with his adored Slowdive but with his new project Black Hearted Brother. On top of that, the UK songwriter also told Exclaim! about plans for a new live album, featuring none other than his old singing partner Rachel Goswell. If you've been itching for an update on all things Halstead, you're in luck.

Closer to home in Canada, we were met with some sad news, though, as Mark Gibson, best known as the guitarist for '90s Toronto punk unit Trigger Happy, passed away suddenly. His cause of death has yet to be determined, but according to sources close to the musician, he died in his sleep.

In other news, the reunited Black Flag revealed their first new studio album in decades, Kanye West rolled out some controversial merch items, Guided By Voices got in a nasty spat with a former drummer over an eBay auction, and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong teamed up with, um, Norah Jones.

Finally, Daft Punk announced quite the lavish — and expensive — box set, Against Me! revealed their long-awaited Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and Cut Copy told us all about their acid house tendencies on Free Your Mind.