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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.

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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Rocking Horse Music Club -
Circus of Wire Dolls

"The album is the brain child of songwriter/producer Brian Coombes, who operates Rocking Horse Studios in New Hampshire (USA). Along with his fellow bandmates (mostly other resident musicians at the studio), Brian invited a long list of guest musicians to bring to life the many characters of his rock opera, including Amy Birks, Tim Bowness, Caroline Carter (Miss NH 2017), Evelyn Cormier (American Idol), David Cross (King Crimson), Kenwood Dennard (Brand X), Chris Difford (Squeeze), John Hackett, Greg Hawkes (the Cars), Noel McCalla (Mike Rutherford/Manfred Mann), Kate St John (Dream Academy), and Rob Townsend (Steve Hackett)."

"At 95 minutes long, there is a lot of music to Circus of Wire Dolls, cutting across multiple genres of music. The prog influences are heard throughout (Genesis, Rush, Pink Floyd, etc.) but you'll hear plenty of other genres woven in, basically just making it that much "proggier." The album definitely hits our sweet spot here at Prog Radio..."melodic and approachable." Think more along the lines of Tommy, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, or Jesus Christ Superstar than Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime."

"We really love this album. We love anything that can mix so many genres, keep it proggy, but still be melodic and move the listener. 5 yaks! One of the best releases this year. If it gets the attention it deserves I'm sure it will be making a lot of the top albums for 2022 best-of lists, it certainly will be on ours." TPY-PR

The album's sound is warm and lush, with orchestral instrumentation and backing vocal arrangements augmenting the band's sound. Vintage keyboards, including mellotron, optigan, celeste, and the famous Mrs Mills and Challen pianos from Abbey Road, also contribute to the album's sonic identity." BW

Essential Track: "'Burn' is enriched by tempo changes, with symphonic openings and a vocal at times operatic. The intensity increases with the passing of the minutes in a crescendo that also elaborates the structure of the piece, recounting the fears of the Fire Breather." JV-PRJ

Read the full reviews on Prog Radio and BraveWords.

Listen and watch the videos on the band's YouTube Channel.

Buy the Album directly from Rocking Horse Music Club or wherever great Prog music is sold.

NewEARS Art Rock Series

  • 2022-10-07
    Dig Baterre and OVRFWRD at Magic Room - Norwood, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests OVRFWRD
    $20 adv - $25 day of show

  • 2022-10-09
    District 97 - Many New Things Tour at Zorba Music Hall at Olympia's - Lowell, MA at 07:30 PM
    With Special Guests Space Junk is Forever

  • 2022-10-22
    IZZ - "I Move" 20th Anniversary at Magic Room - Norwood, MA at 07:00 PM
    $20 adv - $25 day of show

    Without question one of the brightest lights on the American symphonic progressive rock scene, IZZ melds classic and modern prog influences, strong melodies, complex male-female multi-part vocal harmonies, and stirring guitar, synthesizer, bass, and double-drumming work into a familiar yet refreshing musical sound.

    IZZ is currently marking the 20th Anniversary of the release of their breakout album, I Move, by releasing a special remastered edition of the album including bonus tracks in October 2022. For their Fall 2022 live shows, IZZ will be performing I Move in its entirety.

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

    New England Events

  • 2022-10-04
    Stick Men featuring Tony Levin, Markus Reuter, Pat Mastelotto at Nectar's - Burlington, VT at 08:00 PM

  • 2022-10-05
    John Petrucci, Featuring Mike Portnoy and Dave LaRue at The Strand - Providence, RI at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Meanstreak
    $45 - $125 VIP

  • 2022-10-06
    John Petrucci, Featuring Mike Portnoy and Dave LaRue at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 07:30 PM
    With Special Guests Meanstreak

  • 2022-10-07
    Dig Baterre and OVRFWRD at Magic Room - Norwood, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests OVRFWRD
    $20 adv - $25 day of show

  • 2022-10-07
    John Petrucci, Featuring Mike Portnoy and Dave LaRue at Berkley Performance Center - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Meanstreak
    $35 - $175 VIP

  • 2022-10-09
    District 97 - Many New Things Tour at Zorba Music Hall at Olympia's - Lowell, MA at 07:30 PM
    With Special Guests Space Junk is Forever

  • 2022-10-10
    Stick Men featuring Tony Levin, Markus Reuter, Pat Mastelotto at City Winery - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $22 - $35

  • 2022-10-12
    Stick Men featuring Tony Levin, Markus Reuter, Pat Mastelotto at Space Ballroom - Hamden, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2022-10-21
    SABATON - The Tour to End All Tours with Epica at MGM Music Hall at Fenway - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Epica

  • 2022-10-22
    IZZ - "I Move" 20th Anniversary at Magic Room - Norwood, MA at 07:00 PM
    $20 adv - $25 day of show

  • 2022-10-28
    Renaissance - The Legacy Tour 2022 at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $50 – $57.50

  • 2022-11-01
    Steve Vai - Inviolate Tour at College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT at 08:00 PM
    $45 - $1575 (EVO Experience)

  • 2022-11-02
    Steve Vai - Inviolate Tour at The Strand - Providence, RI at 08:00 PM
    $40 - $1565 (EVO Experience)

  • 2022-11-02
    Joe Satriani: Earth Tour 2022-2023 at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 07:30 PM
    $98 - $125

  • 2022-11-03
    Steve Vai - Inviolate Tour at The Wilbur - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $47 - $1565 (EVO Experience)

  • 2022-11-03
    Joe Satriani: Earth Tour 2022-2023 at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 07:30 PM
    $98 - $125

  • NewEARS Art Rock Series returns to
    the new Magic Room in Norwood MA

    10/7 - Dig Baterre & OVRFWRD
    10/22 - IZZ 20 years of 'I Move'

    Dig Baterre - Is a collaboration of 3 international known musicians creating their own version Funk & Progressive music with melodic sensibilities woven into the structure. Drummer Zeke Martin (Boston's first call session drummer and the Drum chair at Northeastern University), Guitarist Joe Feloni (35 years of production and writing, along with being the Music Director for Hirsh Garner) and Bassist Tony Puleo (Blue Man Group, Carly Simon) all have over 30 years' experience each to their own credit. The Debut of their first performance opening for Guitarist legend Frank Gambale left the audience wanting more of their own unique version of a contemporary groovy instrumental musical experience. Dig Baterre debut release is due Fall 2022, stay tuned.

    Ovrfwrd is a 4 piece Minneapolis, MN all instrumental progressive rock band, formed in late 2012. They recently released a 4th studio album- StarStuff on October 2nd 2020. Recorded at The Hideaway Studio July 15-19, 2020, in their hometown of Minneapolis. StarStuff has a focus and energy that is soothing, dreamy, fiery, and mysterious.

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    Even More NewEARS Shows in October

    The Return of District 97
    At Zorba Music Hall - Lowell, MA
    Sunday October 9

    District 97 is undoubtedly the most musically adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. Formed in the Fall of 2006 by drummer/primary composer Jonathan Schang, keyboardist Rob Clearfield, bassist Patrick Mulcahy and guitarist Sam Krahn, the band drew upon influences from heavy metal to avant-garde jazz. The foursome from Chicago honed a no-holds barred style of eclectic and intricate Instrumental Rock before deciding the right vocalist was needed to complement their sound: enter 2007 American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt. With a look, sound, and stage presence comparable to a young Ann Wilson from Heart, Leslie's dynamic performances pushed the band into a new direction that forged a unique marriage between accessible, catchy vocal melodies and an adventurous instrumental prowess. She was followed shortly thereafter by one of Chicago's finest guitarists, Jim Tashjian. With this new blend of charisma and stellar musicianship in place, their live shows over the past several years at festivals such as RoSfest, Prog Dreams II and V, and numerous appearances across the USA, UK and Europe cemented the band as a force to be reckoned with onstage as well as in the recording studio.

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