New England Art (Progressive) Rock Society - New England's Ear on Progressive (Prog) Rock Music
What is NewEARS? A not-for-profit organization of progressive music lovers. The primary goal of NewEARS is to create a community of music enthusiasts dedicated to sharing and promoting progressive rock in the New England area.

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NewEARS Album Of The Month

NMB (The Neal Morse Band) -
Innocence & Danger

"As they entered the studio to record their fourth album, the Neal Morse Band agreed on two objectives: 1 – Not to make a concept album (especially not a third Pilgrim’s Progress installment), and 2 – Not to make a double album. Much to their chagrin, they only hit the 50% mark, which sounds disappointing until one hears the reasons why. The reasons, of course, are the songs themselves. Given the ultimate results, the decision to go with a double album wasn’t hard to accept [] and it’s unlikely many fans will complain of padding or excessive noodling considering the quality herein. To the contrary, the band proves that there is no lack of creativity or inspiration flowing through their hands. It almost seems…”divinely” inspired. Not to worry, []“Innocence & Danger” is, shall we say, one of the most secular albums that Morse has been involved with since leaving Spock’s Beard two decades ago. Indeed, there’s an edge to his voice and aspects of the songwriting that seem to harken back to those early days more than in recent memory, too." SM-SP

"Prog’s heavy hitters have all contributed excellent music in what is likely to be an unmatched year of new music in a genre that has really raised the bar of not only quantity but quality over the last several years. 2021 continues to cement itself as the top year of modern prog music — and to no one’s surprise, two of the genre’s cornerstones, Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy, who have already delivered top-notch albums earlier this year, once again join forces along with Randy George, Bill Hubauer, and Eric Gillette on The Neal Morse Band’s fourth studio album, Innocence & Danger. The quintet, now branded as NMB, have delivered their most collaborative effort to date which is reflected by the stylistic versatility of the different songs. Following the success of consecutive double CD concept albums, The Similitude Of A Dream and The Great Adventure, NMB return with a collection of great stand-alone compositions. While this results in their third consecutive double CD, the members explain in interviews the material which came together naturally lent itself to more than one CD. These musicians are able to deliver another effort with over an hour and a half of high-level music" VJG-TPR



Essential Track: "The 31-minute “Beyond the Years” is a triumph for NMB, much in the same way their epic “Alive Again” was the focal point for their first album together. Much of the material was brought in by Hubauer and thus has a slightly different approach than the numerous other Morse and Transatlantic epics. The highlight of the album comes halfway through, during Hubauer’s haunting drifting-through-the-years section, the electric guitar playing off his moody vocals and then opening up into the most sizzling keyboard solo imaginable, only to be followed by Gillette’s impeccable shredding. Chills. If the song has a flaw, it’s that it has to continue another 10 minutes after this crescendo, which seems almost unfair." SM-SP



Read the full reviews on Sonic Perspectives and The Prog Report.

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NewEARS Art Rock Series

  • 2021-10-01
    Brand X with Jane Getter Premonition and Flight at Zorba Music Hall - Lowell, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Jane Getter Premonition
    $39 adv - $45 door

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    New England Events

    Featured Show
    9/24 - Leader Bank Pavilion, Boston MA
    9/26 - Oakdale Theatre, Hartford CT
    10/2 - CV Expo, Essex Junction VT
    10/3 - Cross Arena, Portland ME



  • 2021-09-24
    PRIMUS - A Tribute to Kings at Leader Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests The Sword
    $40.50 - $227.50 (VIP)

  • 2021-09-26
    PRIMUS - A Tribute to Kings at Toyota Oakdale Theatre - Hartford, CT at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests The Sword
    $35 - $279 (VIP)

  • 2021-10-01
    Brand X with Jane Getter Premonition and Flight at Zorba Music Hall - Lowell, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Jane Getter Premonition
    $39 adv - $45 door

  • 2021-10-01
    ProgStock 2021 3-Day Festival with Alan Hewitt & One Nation, Brand X, Jane Getter Premonition, McStine & Minnemann & D'Virgilio, Rachel Flowers, Steve Unruh & Phideaux Xavier, The Tea Club and more at Union County Performing Arts Center - Rahway, NJ at 11:00 AM
    $225.00-$325.00

  • 2021-10-01
    Todd Rundgren - The Individualist, A True Star at Big Night Live - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    TBD

  • 2021-10-02
    Todd Rundgren - The Individualist, A True Star at Big Night Live - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    TBD

  • 2021-10-02
    PRIMUS - A Tribute to Kings at Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction VT at 08:00 PM
    $49 - $249 (VIP)

  • 2021-10-03
    PRIMUS - A Tribute to Kings at Cross Insurance Arena, Portland ME at 08:00 PM
    $46.50 - $224 (VIP)

  • 2021-10-04
    Todd Rundgren – The Individualist, A True Star at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $90

  • 2021-10-05
    Todd Rundgren – The Individualist, A True Star at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $90

  • 2021-10-07
    Nightwish - North America Tour 2021 at Tsongas Center - Lowell, MA at 07:00 PM
    $68.75 - $316

  • 2021-10-14
    Rick Wakeman’s The Even Grumpier Old Rock Star Tour at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
    Available Soon

  • 2021-10-15
    Rick Wakeman’s The Even Grumpier Old Rock Star Tour at Academy of Music Theatre - Northampton, MA at 08:00 PM
    Available Soon

  • 2021-10-16
    THE MACHINE performs Pink Floyd at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $50

  • 2021-10-16
    Rick Wakeman’s The Even Grumpier Old Rock Star Tour at Garde Arts Center - New London, CT at 08:00 PM
    $40 - $235 M&G

  • 2021-10-19
    Rick Wakeman’s The Even Grumpier Old Rock Star Tour at Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA at 08:00 PM
    $68 - $218 M&G

  • NewEARS Shows Are Back !!!

    October 1st at Zorba Music Hall
    Lowell, MA

    Brand X
    Jane Getter Premonition
    Flight

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    BRAND X are recognized as true musical pioneers, as they helped create an entire musical genre and influenced a broad spectrum of musicians and bands, from Phish to Dream Theatre. They are unrivaled in their creativity, originality and approach. Their contemporaries include bands such as Weather Report, Headhunters, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jaco Pastorious and Chick Corea, all crafting a unique blend of Jazz, Rock, and Ethic influences now widely known by fans worldwide as Fusion.

    Many claim it’s BRAND X's unique combination of masterful chops mixed with their childlike melodies that make so special. Some musicians play from inside their own world, but John Goodsall, Percy Jones, and the guys from BRAND X play from their own universe! REUNION: After years of rumors of a potential reunion, it is finally happening. Three of the four main members came together recently in New York, and according to sources present at the rehearsals, listening to them play was “...like traveling back in time to the legendary 'Livestock' album – there was no question this was BRAND X! Their sound was uncannily identical to the BRAND X of 'Livestock' – and that in itself speaks volumes”.

    We're excited to have JANE GETTER PREMONITION (JGP) opening for us on OCTBER 1st in LOWELL, MA at ZORBA MUSIC HALL. Such a great songwriter, and with a killer band, which includes Alex Skolnick/Gtr (Testament), Adam Holzman/Keys (Stephen Wilson, Miles Davis etc), Drummer Gene Lake, bassist Paul Frazier (David Byrne).

    Guitar Player Mag sez: "Jane Getter is the fieriest frettboarding female ever to strap on a Stratocaster”. Lowell is just 30 mins NW of BOSTON. This one's gonna be epic.

    Flight is Guitarist Scott Abene, Guitarist Scott Deardon and Drummer Sal Demetrio and Bassist Angelo Frassato.

    Flight's debut album "Simulator" is available on Amazon, iTunes and all the major digital music sites. Please support Independent and New Artists.


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