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

District 97 - In Vaults

At the risk of hyperbole, this album is just outstanding. I’m more than fine waiting three years if we can get music of this quality rather than just a repetition of what a band has been doing year after year. With In Vaults, District 97 continues to do what they do so damn well – mash up a myriad of musical styles to create one that is truly their own. The band evolves with each album; stronger vocals, a tighter rhythm section, confident guitar playing and consistently excellent songwriting. I highly recommend this album which is easily one of the best albums of the year so far. Maurice Russell - Prog Metal Zone

Essential Track: Blinding Vision is the epic of the album at 11 ˝ minutes featuring cello (perhaps Katinka Kleijn lending her talents again?) setting the mood. There are vocals, cello, and piano here giving the song a real chamber music feel. About 4:21 into the song, there is cymbal play that segues into a sparse, reflective section to end the album. MR-PMZ

Read the reviews at Prog Archives and Prog Metal Zone.

Listen to samples and buy the CD from District 97, LASERSEDGE and other fine Prog retailers.

Art Rock Series

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New England Events

  • 2015-07-31
    Steely Dan Rockabye Gollie Angel Tour at Blue Hillls Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA at 07:00 PM
    $65 - $146.50

  • 2015-07-31
    Zappa Plays Zappa - Tour de Frank at Paramount Theatre - Rutland, VT at 08:00 PM
    $42.50 - $79.50

  • 2015-08-02
    Zappa Plays Zappa part of 4 day music festival at Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival - Seaside Park, Bridgeport CT at 01:45 PM
    $60 (day) - $495 (weekend camping VIP)

  • 2015-08-05
    Toto - 35th Anniversary Tour at Lynn Auditorium - Lynn, MA at 08:00 PM
    $37 - $86.35

  • 2015-08-07
    The Aristocrats ( Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann) at The Middle East - Cambridge, MA at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-08-07
    YES & Toto North American Summer Tour at Foxwoods Grand Theater - Mashantucket, CT at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Toto
    $50 & $60

  • 2015-08-07
    The Australian Pink Floyd Show at Toyota Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Led Zeppelin 2
    $25 - $52.50

  • 2015-08-12
    Between The Buried And Me at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel - Providence, RI at 07:30 PM
    With Special Guests Animals As Leaders
    $18 adv, $20 door

  • 2015-08-13
    The Australian Pink Floyd Show at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Led Zeppelin 2
    $25 - $70.25

  • 2015-08-13
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at Blue Ocean Music Hall - Salisbury, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25 - $29

  • 2015-08-14
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at The Flying Monkey - Plymouth, NH at 07:30PM

  • 2015-08-16
    Todd Rundgren at Blue Ocean Music Hall - Salisbury, MA at 08:00 PM
    $42 - $59

  • 2015-08-19
    Justin Hayward: The legendary voice of The Moody Blues at The Flying Monkey - Plymouth, NH at 07:30PM

  • 2015-08-20
    Justin Hayward: The legendary voice of The Moody Blues at Blue Ocean Music Hall - Salisbury, MA at 08:00PM
    $65.50 - $79.50

  • 2015-08-21
    Justin Hayward: The legendary voice of The Moody Blues at The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $50 - $65

  • 2015-08-22
    Justin Hayward: The legendary voice of The Moody Blues at Infinity Music Hall - Hartford, CT at 08:00 PM
    $69 - $89


    12/26/14 - 3/27/15
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    Featured Show:

    Deep Purple - 2015 North America Tour

    July 24th - Lynn Auditorium, MA
    July 30th - Foxwoods Casino, CT

    Deep Purple has released 4 studio albums since 1996, but that total is augmented by an abundance of solo work and special projects from all 5 band members. Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey, Mark VIII of the band, continue to travel the scope of hard rock — the textures and nuances of recent works are anything but thudding retreads. If you set a random play setting for the band’s entire catalogue, the result is one of the finest musical outputs to grace rock music. Their holy grail of In Rock (1970) Machine Head (1972) and Made In Japan released in 1973 catapulted Deep Purple to the top in concert grosses and album sales around the world. Deep Purple has been more than in synch with fans’ tastes to remain a powerful drawing force since their formation in 1968. These days, happy faces reside from both the stage and audience. When the music is this good, smiles reign supreme.

    Prog in the News

    2015-07-30: Jimmy Page May Release ‘XYZ’ Tapes of His Aborted Collaboration With Members of Yes
    After sitting in the vaults for more than 30 years, demos recorded by a short-lived supergroup featuring Jimmy Page and members of Yes may finally see official release. Page has been talking about getting the tapes out there

    2015-07-29: 41 Years Ago: Neil Peart Joins Rush
    Rush frontman Geddy Lee wasn’t exactly blown away by his first meeting with future bandmate Neil Peart. “My first impression was that he was kinda goofy,” Lee said in the 2010 documentary about the band, Beyond the Lighted St

    2015-07-29: Frank Zappa has a new home with Universal Music Enterprises
    The Zappa Family Trust has partnered with Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) for a long-term, global licensing agreement for Frank Zappa's entire recorded catalog, as well as rights management participation across the rest of

    2015-07-28: NewEARS reaches 1K likes on Facebook
    Thank you for helping us reach 1,000 likes....We are humbled....Not just fans...the whole prog community. Spent and hour on the phone with this gentleman yesterday. ..The wheels are always turning at NewEARS!

    2015-07-28: Peter Gabriel Announces Vinyl Reissues
    Peter Gabriel‘s giving his first four solo albums the vinyl reissue treatment this fall. As fans might expect, Gabriel spared no detail with these reissues, which have been half-speed remastered — a process you can catch a gl

    2015-07-28: Genesis' Tony Banks Talks Elusive Solo Success, New Box Set
    In October, 1983, Genesis released their blockbuster self-titled LP, a slick set of artful pop-rock that went quadruple platinum in the U.K., spawning massive singles like "That's All." Four months prior, keyboardist and foun

    2015-07-27: Interview: Tony Banks. Detailed & Revealing.
    It was a pleasure to interview Tony Banks on June 22nd 2015 concerning his new box set release, A Chord Too Far, covering his entire acclaimed solo career on the other side of Genesis. Just as Steve Hackett gave us last year,

    2015-07-27: Watch Joe Satriani’s New ‘Shockwave Supernova’ Video
    Joe Satriani has unveiled the video for the title track of his new Shockwave Supernova LP, and we have the exclusive premiere above. As Satriani told Ultimate Classic Rock in a recent exclusive interview, the concept for the

    2015-07-27: 40 Years Ago: Gentle Giant Crack the Charts With Funky ‘Free Hand’
    Even at their most accessible, Gentle Giant never lost their eccentric identity. The British band’s seventh LP, Free Hand, proved to be their commercial apex, crawling to No. 48 on the Billboard chart with funky, riff-heavy a

    2015-07-26: Jon Anderson And Jean-Luc Ponty Announce Details Of Collaborative Project
    Back in March, we learned that former Yes singer Jon Anderson had begun working on a new project with noted jazz fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Now, the duo have unveiled more details of the Anderson Ponty Band, who are loo

    2015-07-25: 46 Years Ago: Yes Release Their Eponymous Debut Album
    On the morning of July 25, 1969, as record shop clerks sorted through the new releases, they had among their options the eponymous debut of an ambitious new group going by the simple, direct and rather positive name of Yes. L

    2015-07-25: Waters, others launch a collaborative Newport Folk Festival
    Roger Waters promised that he would do something special as the Friday night headliner of the Newport Folk Festival, and he kept his word giving a one-of-a-kind performance. The former Pink Floyd singer-songwriter not only su

    2015-07-23: Jobson announces Z-Funder for UK Collectors' Box Set
    The last step in the conclusion of UK's storied career is to produce the definite CD collection, to include the highest fidelity versions of U.K., Danger Money, Night After Night and Reunion, along with the complete story of

    2015-07-23: Sweeney Todd Prog Metal Version staged
    Have you ever heard of the progressive metal version of the theatrical production, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street?" The Landless Theatre Company has brought back its award-nominated "Sweeney Todd Prog Metal V

    2015-07-23: Our Next Three Bands for ProgDay 2015!
    The base of Belgium's QUANTUM FANTAY was founded in 2002 when neighbors Pete Mush and Jaro began jamming in the attic, later joined by Gino Bartolini. Since then the band has released 7 albums and has become known as one of t