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

Liquid Tension Experiment – LTE3

"As soon as it was announced (and fans finished pinching themselves to make sure they weren’t dreaming), Liquid Tension Experiment 3 became perhaps the most heavily anticipated progressive metal album of 2021. After all, it’s been over twenty years since the instrumental quartet—bassist Tony Levin, keyboardist Jordan Rudess, drummer Mike Portnoy, and guitarist John Petrucci—released their last studio collection; despite all of the great stuff that they’ve done (separately or together) over the years, devotees still clamored for a proper follow-up to 99's LTE 2.

The result is a sequence that, if not outright better than its predecessors, certainly ranks alongside them and meets any expectations admirers might have. Liquid Tension Experiment 3 is a remarkable return for one of progressive metal’s greatest instrumental troupes. It delivers exactly what band enthusiasts expect—no more and no less—with eight pieces that constitute some of the most dauntingly intricate, endearingly colorful, and/or calmly melodic passages the foursome have ever penned." JB-MI

"The album is recorded by engineer James “Jimmy T” Meslin (Dream Theater, John Petrucci) and he delivers once again. Portnoy’s drums have never sounded better. Petrucci’s signature sound is unmistakable. Levin’s work on the bass and Chapman stick are as clear and rich (no pun intended) as ever. Rudess’s endless variety of sounds and effects are timely and smooth. Master mixing Jedi, Rich Mouser (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic, Neal Morse Band), delivers his usual clear, pristine, dynamic, and powerful style which makes this a great listening experience to the most seasoned audiophile. There is breath, width, clarity, and precision which really raises this album to a new level. Every instrument is perfectly grooved in their sound spectrum which delivers a top notch sound experience in every variety of style LTE3 brings." VJG-TPR



Essential Track: "Unsurprisingly, the album wastes no time dishing out some intimidatingly complex aggression via the appropriately named “Hypersonic.” Its opening moments alone offer a tirade of speedily synchronized rhythms and riffs whose dizzying ascensions and descensions would seem like self-parody if they weren’t done so damn masterfully. (Of course, Rudess’ trademark quirky timbres come into play, too.) As usual, its nonstop abrasiveness distinguishes it a bit from the more dynamic and fanciful instrumentals of the members’ myriad other projects." JB-MI



Read the full reviews on Metal Injection and The Prog Report.

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NewEARS Art Rock Series

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New England Events

  • 2021-05-20
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza Volume 2 at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
    Rescheduled to December 2nd

  • 2021-05-21
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza Volume 2 at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    Rescheduled to December 1st

  • 2021-05-23
    The Musical Box : A Genesis Extravaganza Vol. II at The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    Rescheduled to November 30th

  • 2021-06-25
    Consider The Source at Arch Street Tavern - Hartford, CT at 08:00 PM
    TBD

  • 2021-06-26
    Consider The Source at Soundcheck Studios - Pembroke, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25

  • 2021-09-10
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at The Cabot Theatre - Beverly, MA at 07:00 PM
    TBD

  • 2021-09-11
    THE MACHINE performs Pink Floyd at The Flying Monkey - Plymouth, NH at 07:30 PM
    $34

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 2021-10-29
    Mary Fahl (of October Project) at TCAN (The Center for Arts Natick) - Natick, MA at 08:00 PM
    $30 - $35

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

  • 2021-12-11
    Kansas - Point of Know Return at Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Lowell, MA at 08:00 PM
    $49 - $299 (VIP)

  • 2021-12-15
    Genesis The Last Domino? Tour at TD Garden - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    TBD

  • Featured Show






    NIGHTWISH TO START ”HUMAN. :II: NATURE.” WORLD TOUR IN VIRTUAL REALITY

    The band offers fans a unique experience by inviting them to a shared adventure at The Islanders Arms, a tavern built in virtual reality.

    Nightwish – one of the world’s leading symphonic metal bands and Finland’s most successful music export – sets the stage for an exquisite interactive experience in May 2021. In ”An Evening with Nightwish in a Virtual World”, the band will perform at The Islanders Arms, a tavern built in virtual reality. The event takes place on two nights, Friday and Saturday, May 28-29th, 2021.

    On both evenings, the audience can expect an unforgettable 90-minute performance, and will get to hear songs from the latest album ”Human. :II: Nature.” live for the first time. The setlist has variation for each night.

    Released in April amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, ”Human. :II: Nature.” has not been performed live yet. Having had to postpone their world tour in 2020, Nightwish decided to create something unforeseen to lighten up the dark times.

    A full-length live experience that reaches magical dimensions will be set in virtual reality – The Islander Inn tavern. During the evening, both the band and the audience can dive into diverse imaginary 3D worlds. The technical production is led by Zoan, whose Burst Live platform also powered Finnish rap superstars JVG’s May 1st virtual reality show that attracted more than a million viewers last spring.

    For an interactive virtual show experience, members of the audience can create avatars and join the show on their computers or mobile devices. The audience can react by gestures, cheers or emojis, and chat with other fans. One can also dress up their avatar with Nightwish merchandise.

    Nightwish is Finland’s most successful band globally, touring prominent arenas around the world and having sold over 10 million albums worldwide. The band’s most recent album ”Human. :||: Nature.” is their ninth studio album.


    Prog in the News

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    2021-05-15: The Forgotten Earth by Jeffrey Erik Mack
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    2021-05-15: Loyal Fans of Yes & Related Music New Facebook Group
    If you want a place to interact with loyal Yes fans who don’t take sides or bad mouth our Yes (Official) friends, I created a new FB fan group. It’s public and open to join. We like, respect or at least support all things Yes

    2021-05-14: New Marillion Album on the Way
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    2021-05-14: Crimson's Most Impossible Song- Failure To Fracture w/Anthony Garone on SOAL Night Live
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