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

Glass Hammer - Ode To Echo

" Ode to Echo finds Glass Hammer back in their stride. It harkens back to their pre-"IF" era but at the same time this release expands their sound while keeping it new and fresh. To me they've never sounded so tight. Ode to Echo is their best release to date which is saying a lot compared to what's come before it. This album is solid from beginning to end and for the first time in a long time on any album I'm not skipping tracks to get to the better song." - SC, PA

Essential Track: "The lovely "Crowbone" features some gorgeous vocal harmonies to go along with a heart tugging violin solo from Kansas' David Ragsdale, a thunderous ELP inspired Hammond organ jaunt courtesy of Schendel, and a tasty guitar solo from none other than Randy Jackson of Zebra, who also lends his unmistakable backing vocals. This is a stunning song and one of the bands best in years." - PP, SoT

Read the reviews at ProgArchives and Sea of Tranquility

Listen to samples and buy the music directly from Glass Hammer or from your favorite prog music retailer.

Art Rock Series

  • 2014-05-31
    IZZ & Sonus Umbra at ARCH - Allston Rock City Hall - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Sonus Umbra

    Get your tickets early to help make this show happen.
    $20 in advance - $25 cash only day of show.

    New England Events

  • 2014-04-24
    An Evening with Jon Anderson - The Voice of YES at Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH at 08:00 PM
    $50 & $55

  • 2014-04-25
    Consider The Source at Pearl Street Clubroom - Northampton, MA at 08:30 PM
    $10 adv, $12 day of show

  • 2014-04-26
    Consider The Source at Higher Ground - Burlington, VT at 08:00 PM
    $10 adv, $12 day of show

  • 2014-05-01
    Consider The Source at The Stone Church - Newmarket, NH at 08:00 PM
    $10 adv, $12 day of show

  • 2014-05-02
    Caravan, Beardfish, Collage, Sound of Contact, Elephants of Scotland, Thank You Scientist and more (10+ bands) at Rosfest 3 day Progressive Rock Festival - Majestic Theater - Gettysburg, PA at 08:00 PM
    $205.50 - $330 (Gold), other single show options

  • 2014-05-02
    The Winery Dogs (featuring Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan & Richie Kotzen) at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2014-05-02
    Consider The Source at The Spot Underground - Providence, RI at 08:00 PM
    $12 adv, $15 day of show

  • 2014-05-03
    Consider The Source at The Church - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $10 adv, $12 day of show

  • 2014-05-06
    The Winery Dogs (featuring Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan & Ritchie Kotzen at Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH at 08:00 PM
    $48 - $53

  • 2014-05-10
    The Moody Blues at Boston Convention & Expo Center at 07:30 PM
    $35 - $95

  • 2014-05-10
    Mogwai at House of Blues - Boston, MA at 06:00 PM
    $22 BO, $28.55 TM

  • 2014-05-16
    IZZ - GLASS HAMMER - SHADOW CIRCUS - FABIO ZUFFANTI + BAND - SONUS UMBRA - UNREAL CITY and more (10 bands) at Terra Incognita 3 Day Progressive Rock Festival - Quebec City at 08:00 PM
    $57 for 5/16, $92 each for 5/17 & 5/18

  • 2014-05-16
    Mastodon at Palladium - Worcester, MA at 06:30 PM
    $25 adv, $28 day of show

  • 2014-05-24
    Blackmore's Night (featuring Ritchie Blackmore & Candice Night) at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2014-05-27
    Mike Kenneally with Gregg Bendian and Doug Lunn at The Middle East (upstairs) - Cambridge, MA at 08:00 PM

  • 2014-05-31
    IZZ & Sonus Umbra at ARCH - Allston Rock City Hall - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Sonus Umbra

    NewEARS Presents:

    IZZ & Sonus Umbra Live at ARCH
    (Allston Rock City Hall)

    Saturday May 31st, 2014

    Founded by Galgano brothers (Tom and John) IZZ has performed at numerous venues and festivals including: Rosfest 04, CalProg 04/05, Progday 02/06, NEARfest 07 and the upcoming Terra Incognita Progressive Rock Festival . IZZ released their sixth and most recent studio album, Crush of Night, to rave reviews from fans and critics alike.

    IZZ's musicians are talented multi-instrumentalists and adept at multi-part vocal harmonies. Lead vocals are shared between the Galgano brothers (Tom and John), while the percussion duties are split in a decidedly unique way: Greg DiMiceli plays an acoustic kit while Brian Coralian uses his various acoustic and electronic percussives to accent and enhance the rhythmic structure of IZZ's tunes.

    The result is a fascinating palette of sounds and a bold statement in a genre where fans and musicians too often cringe at the thought of any kind of electronic percussion. Guitarist Paul Bremner brings his own emotional, virtuosic guitar work into the mix and along with John on bass and Tom on keyboards, round out the instrumentation.

    The stunning voices of Anmarie Byrnes and Laura Meade on lead and backing vocals complete the unique IZZ sound.

    Winter Soulstice marks the 5th studio album, and the 20th anniversary of the band Sonus Umbra. Originally formed in Mexico City, Sonus Umbra now resides in Chicago. The current line-up is an all-new ensemble featuring some of Chicago's best progressive rock musicians: Rich Poston and Tim McCaskey on guitar and vocals, Brian Harris on keyboards, Steve Royce on flute, vocals and holophonics, Roey Ben-Yoseph on lead vocals, with Andy Tillotson on drums and vocals and Luis Nasser on bass the last two standing from previous incarnations. Sonus Umbra plays dark, symphonic prog rock that is equally influenced by bands like Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Rush, Jethro Tull, Iron Maiden and King crimson.

    Prog in the News

    2014-04-24: Guitar giant Joe Satriani on making strange beautiful music and jamming with Mick Jagger
    Guitar giant Joe Satriani came by the FOX411 studios to celebrate the release of his career-spanning box set The Complete Studio Recordings by playing his signature barnburning track, “Satch Boogie.” After the smoke cleared,

    2014-04-22: ARJEN LUCASSEN And ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN Collaborating On New Project
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    2014-04-20: More CTTE pictures from Tony Levin's blog (with Eddie Jobson)
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    2014-04-18: Yes, Steve Hackett, Marillion Bring Progressive Rock to the High Seas With ‘Cruise to the Edge’
    “All those numbers in 7/8 — can you dance to that?” asked prog-rock guitar master Steve Hackett, chuckling onstage at the MSC Divina’s regal Pantheon Theater, just after his ace band wrapped the jazz-fusion climax of Genesis’

    2014-04-17: Drummer Daniel Liljekvist leaves Katatonia
    Dear friends and fans, I’ve been thinking about this for the last couple of months and I’ve come to the sad conclusion that i have to leave the band. It’s got nothing to do with ’difference in views´or any other bullshit. I j

    2014-04-16: The Who Launching World Tour This Year and 'Hoping' for New Album
    The legendary band turns 50 this year and will start playing live around Christmas. Pete Townshend talks hitting the road again ("I'm in good shape"), possible new music and getting older. The Who will embark on a tour late t

    2014-04-16: Anderson: Jethro Tull is history
    Mainman likes the idea of leaving band's catalogue as a legacy - and underlines his regret over having to use the name in the first place. Ian Anderson has described his work as Jethro Tull as "historical" and said he's quite

    2014-04-16: Film announcement on gifted blind musical prodigy Rachael Flowers
    Award-winning filmmaker Lorenzo DeStefano (“Talmage Farlow”, “Los Zafiros-Music from the Edge of Time”) is in production on a new music film, a feature length portrait of the Southern California musician, Rachel Flowers. A mu