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

Transatlantic - The Absolute Universe

"Transatlantic aficionados already know exactly what they’re getting with The Absolute Universe, as it’s pretty much a top-notch take on the traditional Transatlantic blueprint. That could be seen as disappointing by some since it’s their first studio record in the better half of a decade. Admittedly, I’ve been as critical as anyone when it comes to artists repeating themselves too often or too overtly, so the fact that The Absolute Universe impresses so much is significant. Simply put, it nails what it's going for at every turn and contains enough irresistible moments and masterful cohesion to compensate for its palpable sameness. It keeps everyone involved—creators or listeners—firmly in their comfort zone and delivers precisely what’s always made Transatlantic so beloved. If that’s all you’re looking for, you’ll undoubtedly (and justifiably) cherish it.

Their latest journey, The Absolute Universe, falls right in line with their past triumphs. Specifically, it flows line a single conceptual suite (a la 2009’s masterful The Whirlwind) and certainly outdoes the quartet’s prior venture, 2014’s quite likable Kaleidoscope. Seeing as how the genre is known for extravagance, the fact that there are two significantly dissimilar cuts of the record—the lengthier Forevermore and the more concise The Breath of Life, each with enough variations to make both essential—is perfectly aligned with the foursome’s typical ambition. (There’s also an Ultimate Edition that houses everything plus a few physical goodies.)" JB-RN

Essential Track: "As has become increasingly common for Morse with “Similitude”, “The Great Adventure” and other albums, there are a handful of themes that are repeated throughout the album in very different guises. “Love Made A Way” is the most ubiquitous of these and it is a moving theme indeed. Used at least four different times throughout the album, it always signals the clouds parting and revealing the sun and blue sky above in typical Morse-ian fashion. Predictably, this is also used for the albums’ grand finale in a similar approach as “Broken Sky”, “A Love That Never Dies”, etc…" SM-SP

Read the full reviews on Rebel Noise and Sonic Perspectives.

Listen to samples on YouTube and buy the CD from Radiant Records or wherever fine Prog Music is sold .

NewEARS Art Rock Series

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New England Events

  • 2021-03-20
    Mary Fahl (of October Project) at TCAN (The Center for Arts Natick) - Natick, MA at 08:00 PM

  • 2021-03-21
    THE MACHINE performs Pink Floyd at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2021-03-25
    Kansas - Point of Know Return at Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Lowell, MA at 07:30 PM
    $49 - $299 (VIP)

  • 2021-03-27
    Kansas - Point of Know Return at College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT at 08:00 PM
    $50 - $125 (Postponed?)

  • 2021-04-21
    Martin Barre performs classic Jethro Tull at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $49.50 - $104.50 (VIP)

  • 2021-04-22
    Martin Barre performs classic Jethro Tull at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
    $45 - $60

  • 2021-05-07
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at The Cabot Theatre - Beverly, MA at 07:00 PM

  • 2021-05-08
    THE MACHINE performs Pink Floyd at The Flying Monkey - Plymouth, NH at 07:30 PM

  • 2021-05-20
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza Volume 2 at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
    $40 - $59

  • 2021-05-21
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza Volume 2 at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2021-05-23
    The Musical Box : A Genesis Extravaganza Vol. II at The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $50

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

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

  • 2021-10-22
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd: Unplugged at TCAN (The Center for Arts Natick) - Natick, MA at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $40

  • 2021-10-23
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd: Unplugged at TCAN (The Center for Arts Natick) - Natick, MA at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $40

  • 2021-11-28
    The Wizards of Winter at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 07:00 PM
    $40 - $55

  • Featured Show

    Join us Friday, March 5, at 12:00pm PST for an up-close-and-personal reunion with the artists who performed at the famed El Rey Theater in Los Angeles in May of 2016 celebrating the life and music of legendary keyboardist / composer Keith Emerson.

    This special event will be hosted by Mark Thompson (Mark & Brian) and will give fans the opportunity to hear these artists’ stories and personal experiences working with Keith and to see sneak previews from the upcoming Keith Emerson Tribute Concert DVD slated for worldwide release on March 11.

    Guests will include: Jordan Rudess, Steve Porcaro, Gregg Bissonette, Brian Auger, Karma Auger, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Steve Lukather, CJ Vanston, Marc Bonilla, Philippe Saisse, Troy Luccketta, Aaron Emerson, Jonathan Sindelman, Rachel Flowers, Joe Travers, Terje Mikkelsen, Ed Roth, Mike Wallace, Mick Mahan, Rick Livingstone, Mari Kawaguchi, Jerry LoFaro, and more to be announced.

    The event is FREE to watch on and Facebook Live.

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