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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Schooltree - Heterotopia

"The 100 minute rock opera may well be something of an anathema in today's world of the 'here-today, gone-tomorrow', homogenised throw away 3 minute pop fluff.. but in the hands of one Lainey Schooltree, here we have an artist who obviously doesn't know the meaning of the word compromise and as such has produced an album that is so rich in both scope and vision. On one hand this album is well versed in the old school musical dramatics that were so prevalent in the early 70's but also has one foot firmly planted in today's somewhat turbulent, confused musical landscape. Taking her musical cues from such artists as Genesis, (early) Queen, Kate Bush and a touch of Klaatu too, Schooltree have produced a truly enthralling album that's a real trip.

A fully blown concept/rock opera that follows the journey of Suzi who, when she loses her body goes in search of it by travelling through a parallel universe, and along the way making contact with some wonderful other worldly characters (that's not really doing the story justice as it's far more complex than that!!). Drawing on extensive research into both Mythology and Philosophy, Lainey has constructed a meticulous, compelling story that grips the listener from the very start and never lets go. At times dense and complex, but also with moments of directness 'Heterotopia' is a Prog/Art Rock delight. Split into two acts, the storytelling is always concise and lucid, the musicianship exemplary and the production which at times can seem claustrophobic (which just adds to the drama) but also when needed is expansive and lush, befitting of telling a tale of such scope. There is so much to take in and it is recommended that it's listened to in a single sitting (a headphone experience is best), to fully appreciate this album. - M-GDM

Essential Track: TBD

More reviews coming soon. Buy the CD using the following link

NewEARS Art Rock Series

  • 2017-05-08
    NewEARs & WEMF Present KYROS, Edge of Reality, and Flight at PA's Lounge - Somerville, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests Edge of Reality
    $10 adv, $15 at the door

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    New England Events

  • 2017-04-29
    Lotus Land - American Rush Tribute with Dirty Deeds - ACDC Tribute at Stadium Theatre - Woonsocket, RI at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Dirty Deeds
    $26 - $36

  • 2017-05-02
    Eddie Jobson & Marc Bonilla - FALLEN ANGELS TOUR at The Regent Theatre - Arlington, MA at 08:00 PM
    $50 & $75 (VIP)

  • 2017-05-05
    ROSfest 3 day Progressive Rock Festival with The Neal Morse Band, Moon Safari, Anglagard, Edensong and more (10+ bands) at The Majestic Theater - Gettysburg, PA at 06:00 PM
    $231 - $500

  • 2017-05-08
    NewEARs & WEMF Present KYROS, Edge of Reality, and Flight at PA's Lounge - Somerville, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests Edge of Reality
    $10 adv, $15 at the door

  • 2017-05-08
    Mastodon at House of Blues - Boston, MA at 06:30 PM
    With Special Guests Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles
    $38.50 - $48.50

  • 2017-05-09
    Mastodon at State Theater - Portland, MA at 07:30 PM
    With Special Guests Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles
    $37.50 adv, $42.50 day of show

  • 2017-05-09
    Coheed And Cambria at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
    $25 - $118

  • 2017-05-14
    Todd Rundgren - White Knight: The ChivalRock Tour at Greenwich Odeum - East Greenwich, RI at 07:00 PM

  • 2017-05-16
    Jean-Michel Jarre - Electronica Tour at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $29.50 - $125

  • 2017-05-17
    Todd Rundgren - White Knight: The ChivalRock Tour at The Wilbur - Boston, MA at 09:00 PM
    $45 - $65

  • 2017-05-18
    Todd Rundgren - White Knight: The ChivalRock Tour at Aura - Portland, ME at 08:00 PM
    $25 - $175 (VIP)

  • 2017-05-19
    An Evening with Mary Fahl (former lead singer of The October Project) at One Longfellow Square - Portland, ME at 08:00 PM

  • 2017-05-19
    Lotus Land - American Rush Tribute at Blue Ocean Music Hall - Salisbury, MA at 08:00 PM
    $19 - $22

  • 2017-05-19
    3 Day Terra Incognita Progressive Rock Festival with Glass Hammer, Edensong, Comedy of Errors and more (7 bands) at Centre d'art La Chapelle - Quebec City, CAN at 08:00 PM
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  • 2017-05-20
    Umphrey's McGee at Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH at 09:00 PM
    $27.50 adv, $30 day of show

  • 2017-05-20
    The Machine Performs Pink Floyd at The Wilbur - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
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