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.

Please see the About page for more information about our goals and history, as well as contact information.

NewEARS Album Of The Month

Von Hertzen Brothers -
Red Alert In The Blue Forest

"Von Hertzen Brothers, Finland's prodigal sibling trio, serve up an early contender for Album Of The Year with their eighth LP "Red Alert In The Blue Forest". Such big themes demand a majestic, ambitious backdrop and the Von Hertzens don't disappoint, embracing a wealth of instrumentation alongside the Finnish folklore and icy, beautiful countryside of their childhood. There are also flavours of frontman Mikko's years in India, a serving of Anathema-style electronics, and the grandeur of the Pink Floyd records in the brothers' bloodstream. There are heavy moments, tender moments, haunting moments - often all within quick succession. And it's stunning." -PG-Prog

"A Von Hertzen album is not your average rock album, you go on a sonic rollercoaster that will intrigue and challenge you as a listener, make you delve deep within your musical comfort zones and dig out your love for the individual approach that these guys make you take. An album or the independent thinker, if you prefer your cookie-cutter radio-friendly 3 minutes of forgettable, then move along sister this ain't for you. But if like me you appreciate that little bit of something, something that feels like a cheeky slap on the ass, then come on down the price is right!" RnL

"The music and lyrics are haunting, truthful, and creative. I loved how the initial simplicity of some of the songs evolved into progressive jaunts into the unknown. It is a themed album and somewhat a concept album. Clever, witty, sad, desperate, love lost, are we running out of time?" tf-PA

Essential Track: "'All Of A Sudden You're Gone' - the title of this track of course gives one some kind of feeling that the song will be about loss of some kind. The opening of the tune is again angelic and beautiful, but with dark undertones ever gradually misting around throughout the progression of the song. The painful ache of nostalgia, love and loss that only becomes more apparent with the spinning of wheel of time. The prior VHB album 'War is Over' suddenly felt like this album's forgotten past, and although wishing war really over, there is that acknowledgment that war never seems to be over. What may have been describing human interactions with other humans causing all our woes, 'Red Alert in the Blue Forest' could almost be describing our affect on the physical world around us, while we were preoccupied with busily killing each other or putting our so called progress before the sustainable heath of the planet. The song ends with so much pain it brought tears to my eyes. I watched VHB officially released video and of course it makes you see the song in a different light. The fragility of life, the environment, of love and relationships, and of time." tf-PA

Read the full reviews on Prog Archives and Prog Magazine.

Listen and watch the videos on the band's YouTube Channel.

Buy the Album direct from Von Hertzen Brothers or wherever great Prog music is sold.

NewEARS Art Rock Series

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New England Events

  • 2022-06-10
    KRAFTWERK 3-D at MASS MoCA - North Adams, MA at 08:00 PM

  • 2022-06-11
    KRAFTWERK 3-D at Boch Center - Wang Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM

  • 2022-06-15
    KRAFTWERK 3-D at College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT at 08:00 PM
    $59.50 - $119.50

  • 2022-06-18
    The Musical Box - "Genesis" The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway at The Wilbur - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $45 - $65

  • 2022-06-19
    Voivod at Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA at 07:00 PM

  • 2022-06-24
    The Zappa Band at Narrows Center - Fall River, MA at 08:00 PM
    $58 adv - $60 day of show

  • 2022-06-25
    The Zappa Band at The Cabot - Beberly, MA at 08:00 PM
    $34.50 - $49.50

  • 2022-06-26
    The Zappa Band at The Flying Monkey - Plymouth, NH at 07:30 PM
    $39 - $89 VIP

  • 2022-07-07
    Jon Anderson with the Paul Green Rock Academy Band at The Flying Monkey - Plymouth, NH at 07:00 PM
    $59 - $109

  • 2022-07-12
    Roger Waters - This Is Not a Drill Tour at TD Garden - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $55.00 - $250.00

  • 2022-07-16
    Jon Anderson with the Paul Green Rock Academy Band at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 07:00 PM
    $85 - $95

  • 2022-07-21
    An Evening with Jordan Rudess - 2022 Solo Tour at The Kate - Old Saybrook, CT at 07:30 PM

  • 2022-07-22
    An Evening with Jordan Rudess - 2022 Solo Tour at TCAN - Natick, MA at 08:00 PM
    $30 - $45

  • 2022-07-23
    Todd Rundgren - Unpredictable Tour 2022 at The Cabot - Beverly, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Starring Todd's band members Jesse Gress, Kasim Sulton, Prairie Prince and Gil Assayas!
    $54.50 - $202.50 (VIP)

  • 2022-07-24
    An Evening with Jordan Rudess - 2022 Solo Tour at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 07:30 PM

  • 2022-08-03
    Adrian Belew - 2022 ELEVATOR TOUR at Higher Ground - Burlington, VT at 08:00 PM
    $45 adv, $49 day of show

  • Featured Show

    June 10 - MASS MoCA, North Adams MA
    June 11 - Boch Center, Boston MA
    June 15 - College Street, New Haven CT

    After scrapping their 50-year anniversary tour planned for 2020, electro pioneers Kraftwerk are coming back for a rare tour run, and this isn't just your Average Joe tour, celebrating 50 years within the Electronic Dance Music scene it will be the experience of a lifetime. Kraftwerk are true influencers of the rave scene, returning with a special 3D tour that won't be like anything you've seen before.

    With the Kraftwerk project starting back in 1970, this multimedia project has evolved throughout the years and grown. This audiovisual experience project can be compared to such exhibits you may see in museums such as the infamous contemporary art Museum Of Modern Art.

    We're already preparing ourselves to hear classics such as "The Robots" and "Tour De France" during this upcoming tour, with limited scheduled tour dates throughout the last few years. It's safe to say that this may be one of the last few chances you get to see Kraftwerk.

    Fresh off their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the German electronic music pioneers will make their way throughout much of the States, as well as parts of Canada

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    2022-05-24: The Myth Of The Mostrophus - The New Solo Album From Ryo Okumoto
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    2022-05-24: Every Nightwish album ranked from worst to best on Metal Hammer
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    YES Management have announced today that due to current health issues Alan White will not be taking part on the forthcoming 50th Anniversary Close to the Edge UK Tour. Alan was really looking forward to playing live again p

    2022-05-23: 10 Best Vangelis Albums & Interview on Echoes
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    2022-05-23: Alan Parsons Project Reissuing ‘I Robot’ and ‘Eye in the Sky’
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    2022-05-23: THE 10 HEAVIEST RUSH SONGS on UCR
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    2022-05-23: Steven Wilson: I never planned for Porcupine Tree to be over for so long
    Despite having released five albums in a 12-year career, Porcupine Tree were only on the music scene’s periphery when Classic Rock introduced them, in issue number four. In what turned out a rare outburst, during a debate abo

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    2022-05-22: District 97 release video for King Crimson cover of Matte Kudasai
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