New Brunswick avant-rock trio Motherhood returns with a new single, ‘Pick Of The Pugs.’

The track, which leans heavily into the band’s self-made circus punk wheelhouse, tells the passive-aggressive story of a painter who turns to drinking obsessively in the wake of a breakup.

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On the heels of the single’s release, Motherhood tours across North America throughout the fall. The dates, which include performances at Waking Windows FestivalPop Montreal (opening for Wolf Parade), Breakout WestHalifax Pop Explosion, and Festival 506, are as follows:

September 8 – Halifax, NS: The Seahorse
September 13 – Fredericton, NBHarvest Jazz & Blues Festival (performing Diamonds & Gold) // tickets
September 17 – Saratoga Springs, NY: Desperate Annie’s
September 18 – Philadelphia, PA: Kung Fu Necktie // tickets
September 19 – New York, NY: Piano’s
September 20 – Buffalo, NY: Steak & Cakes (house show)
September 21 – Fitchburg, MA: House Show
September 22 – Portland, MEWaking Windows Festival // tickets
September 23 – Brooklyn, NY: Cobra Club
September 24 – Philadelphia, PA: Pharmacy
September 26 – Hadley, MA: Motor Goose Inn
September 27 – Troy, NY: River Street Pub
September 28 – Winooski, VT: Gloom Garden (7:00pm)
September 28 – Burlington, VT: Radio Bean (11:30pm)
September 29 – Montreal, QCPop Montreal @ w/ Wolf Parade // tickets
October 12/13 – Kelowna, BCBreakOut West // tickets
October 20 – Halifax, NSHalifax Pop Explosion // tickets
October 27 – Caraquet, NB: Festival 506 // tickets


Joshua Van Tassel returns with his most ambitious project yet, a 40-page hardcover book to accompany nine pieces of new music. Crossworlds is a concept album to serve as a score for the tale of an old woman who is left to defend her small island from a force not of this world.

Each piece was carefully composed to be the score to a classic Maritime sea monster tale with a science fiction twist. Combining underwater field recordings from Newfoundland, brand new instruments created at the National Music Centre, orchestral strings, and some of the country’s best session musicians,Crossworlds is an entirely unique and exciting project on the Canadian contemporary music scene. The book is written by Jordan Crute and Van Tassel, featuring illustrations by Geordan Moore.

Joshua will be performing as part of the live Pondercast tapings this fall:

October 9 – Toronto, ON: The Burdock Music Hall // tickets
October 11 – Halifax, NS: Natural History Museum // tickets
October 12 – Wolfville, NS: Al Whittle Theatre // tickets
October 13 – Lunenburg, NS: Lunenburg Academy of Music // tickets
October 14 – St. John’s, NL: Rocket Room // tickets