Frank Ocean's Coming Out, Randy Blythe's Czech Detainment and Halifax Pop Explosion 2012 in This Week's News Roundup

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Jul 7, 2012

While the week was peppered with holidays on both sides of the border, there was still more than enough news to keep our Exclaim! scribes busy. So if those extra days off have left you feeling a bit out of the loop, come dig into our news roundup to get back on top of things.

Undoubtedly, the biggest story of the week was regarding Frank Ocean, who opened up about his sexuality and revealed he first fell in love with a man when he was 19. In a hip-hop world often criticized for its homophobic leanings, it was a bold move, to be sure, and one that many in the business have hailed as a turning point.

Also grabbing some headlines this week were Lamb of God, whose Randy Blythe has been charged with manslaughter in Prague. The band's manager first provided fans with an informative update on the singer's situation, with the group themselves later issuing a statement and calling on fans to help pay for Blythe's mounting legal costs.

Then we had Matt Mays returning with a new solo album, the Halifax Pop Explosion announcing its initial 2012 lineup, Guided by Voices frontman Robert Pollard returning with yet another solo effort and Jack White shedding some light on Radiohead's Third Man sessions. Plus, the future of indie rock troupe Girls is looking mighty uncertain after frontman Christopher Owens quit the group.

In some Exclaim! interviews, our cover stars Dirty Projectors spoke to us all about their upcoming Swing Lo Magellan and its abundance of leftover tracks, and Brian Borcherdt discussed the future of Holy Fuck, while Billy Corgan confirmed that Smashing Pumpkins are far from over.

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