Ottawa Bluesfest's 2012 Lineup, the Passing of Todd Simko and Grimes' "Pussy Rings" Lead This Week's News Roundup

Ottawa Bluesfest's 2012 Lineup, the Passing of Todd Simko and Grimes' 'Pussy Rings' Lead This Week's News Roundup
With another workweek behind us, we're back with our weekly news roundup to help you get back on top of things. Keep reading to check out just some of the stories that grabbed our headlines this time around.

First off, festival season is truly just right around the corner. This week's big announcement was from the Ottawa Bluesfest, who revealed its 2012 lineup. Among those artists set to appear are Lauryn Hill, the Weeknd, Mastodon and Skrillex, and of course a whole lot more. In other festival announcements, Toronto's VELD Music Festival roped in deadmau5, Bassnectar and Steve Aoki , among others, for the 2012 event.

 Also in Canada this week, we had Grimes revealing some, um, "pussy rings," Grand Trine calling it a day, Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt announcing a record with his Dusted project and, sadly, the passing of Todd Simko, a Canadian music mainstay who's perhaps best known for his time spent in '90s alt-rock unit Pure.

On the more international front, Deftones' Chino Moreno teamed up with some ex-members of Isis to form a new group, Jack White talked to us all about his Blunderbuss and told us why he prefers to work with women, and Torche shed some light on their "un-metal" leanings with the new Harmonicraft record.

Finally, Record Store Day went down last weekend. If you didn't get all the exclusives you were gunning for, come have a look at how much some of those will cost you now on eBay. Hint: a lot.