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

Pendragon - Men Who Climb Mountains

"Men Who Climb Mountains", first and foremost, is a thoughtful work that contains my favorite lyrics of this year so far. Nick never disappoints in lyrical content or themes, and so I expected it. Yet, this album is deeper than the last two, as I see this album as focusing on those people that are truly one with the world around them. They hear, see, feel, smell, and taste the world in all its glory, and so see the divine, spiritual nature and connections inherent in everything. These people never lose hope. They never despair. They are ready for "When the Zombies Come", and they know where they are going after death. These are the nit and grit of this world, the people that keep it running at all costs, and that love it all. These are the people that we all are, except many of us have forgotten. SLS-PA

The key to this album is the emotion generated from wildly divergent moods, and, with all emotional albums, it requires damned fine playing to bring it to life. Barrett is one of rock music's finest unsung guitar heroes, and his work here is staggering. Some of Clive Nolan's piano work, especially, is enough to bring the hairs on the back of your neck standing up, and listening to his staggering keys work on In Bardo makes you realise just how important a musician he really is. The rhythm section of longstanding bassist Peter Gee, who makes his instrument sing like a lead instrument in parts, and new drummer, Craig Blundell (replacing the incredible Scott Higham), move things along at a fair old pace. I-PA

Essential Tracks: Two pieces of music which have to be enjoyed and contemplated as one, dealing with hugely diverse emotions. Firstly, we have the uplifting, major key, Faces of Light, which has the return of the delightful Tiggy accompanying Barrett on vocals. This leads into the altogether darker affair of Faces of Darkness, probably the one track on this album which comes closest to the musical ferocity of recent predecessor albums, and the sense of betrayal inherent in the lyrics and mood of the music is biting. The contrast between these two tracks is progressive rock at its best; thoughtful, challenging, and bringing something new to the table with each listen. I-PA

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Art Rock Series

  • 2015-01-17
    NewEARS Art Rock Showcase featuring Frogg Cafe, Eccentric Orbit, Zombie Frogs, Alek Darson and Big Time Kill at The Regent Theatre - Arlington, MA at 02:00 PM
    $10 students, $20 half-day, $30 full-day, $50 patron (best seats)

    Click on the following link for a complete list of bands that have played for the NewEARS Art Rock Series

    New England Events

  • 2015-01-17
    NewEARS Art Rock Showcase featuring Frogg Cafe, Eccentric Orbit, Zombie Frogs, Alek Darson and Big Time Kill at The Regent Theatre - Arlington, MA at 02:00 PM
    $10 students, $20 half-day, $30 full-day, $50 patron (best seats)

  • 2015-01-23
    The Machine Performs Pink Floyd at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-01-27
    Lotus - The Gilded Age Tour at Higher Ground Ballroom - South Burlington, VT at 09:00 PM
    $22 adv, $25 day of show, $40 two day pass

  • 2015-01-28
    Lotus - The Gilded Age Tour at Higher Ground Ballroom - South Burlington, VT at 09:00 PM
    $22 adv, $25 day of show, $40 two day pass

  • 2015-01-28
    Alan Parsons Live Project at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $80 & $105 (VIP)

  • 2015-01-29
    Lotus - The Gilded Age Tour at Toad's Place - New Haven, CT at 09:00 PM
    $22 adv, $25 day of show

  • 2015-01-30
    Lotus - The Gilded Age Tour at House of Blues - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25- $43.40

  • 2015-02-08
    The Musical Box Performs Foxtrot at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-02-13
    Living Colour at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-02-18
    Umphrey's McGee at Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-02-21
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center - at 08:00 PM
    $35 & $38

  • 2015-03-07
    Mike + The Mechanics - The Hits Tour at The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $55 - $75

  • 2015-03-08
    Mike + The Mechanics - The Hits Tour at Infinity Hall - Hartford, CT at 08:00 PM
    $74 - $94

  • 2015-04-04
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25 & $35

  • 2015-04-08
    Zappa Plays Zappa One Size Fits All 40th Anniversary Tour at Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA at 08:00 PM
    $28.50 - $72.50 (VIP)

  • 2015-04-09
    Zappa Plays Zappa One Size Fits All 40th Anniversary Tour at State Theatre - Portland, ME at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $75

    Featured Shows:

    Frogg Cafe is a 5 piece band from the New York metropolitan area making music that incorporates elements of Zappa-esque progressive rock, pop melodicism and fusion jazz. Frogg Cafe's music is also peppered with an appealing variety of other flavors including latin music, bluegrass, modern chamber music and avant-garde/experimental. Energetic live shows feature extended flights of group improvisation that would draw grins from any hardcore jam-band fan.

    Eccentric Orbit is a Massachusetts-based Progressive Rock band with drums, bass, keys, wind-synth, electric violin, guitar synth, and electric mandolin. Our original material is all instrumental with a heavy focus on '70s keyboard sounds. Influences include classic Prog bands like Emerson, Lake & Palmer and King Crimson, as well as the sounds of classic sci-fi films.

    Alek Darson discovered passion for music in his hometown of Belgrade, Serbia when he picked up his mom's old nylon string guitar at age of 10. He's always been drawn to aggressive, melodic, and emotional music and now moves easily between the roles of virtuoso guitarist and producer. His current focus is on creating fresh guitar-driven music for his new release, and finding innovative ways to contribute to other progressive rock/metal/fusion projects as a guitarist, arranger, or producer.

    Formed in the Fall of 2012, Zombie Frogs is an Instrumental Progressive Metal Band based out of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. The group is heavily influenced by prog giants such as Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, and Scale The Summit, but at the same time possesses its own unique sound and style. Their music fuses progressive roots with melodic technicality and poly-metric insanity.

    This is a band formed around evolution. I was bored of hearing the same old guitar sounds, so I sought to create new ones. I got tired of waiting for the perfect drummer to come along, so I tried to re-imagine what a drummer can be. We can perform as a five-piece or as an uncompromising duo. This is a band born out of hard work, help from some good friends, and the need to build something bold and visceral. This is where passion and technology meet. This is Big Time Kill.

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