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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Nektar - The Other Side

"This album provides a welcoming return for the band to wake up by taking a chance to climb aboard and seeing our lives change across the ocean’s floor. The genesis of the story came about when Ryche was recording with Nektar in 1978 to record a few tracks in Derek’s basement in Chatham, New Jersey. However the music was put on hold. And now in the year of our lord 2020, they brought three of those tracks to life.

The Other Side is like opening up the doors to a beautiful art-deco-esque hallway with an eye-opening experience. They know that Roye will always be watching them up in heaven. It’s almost as if his spirit is telling them to keep the Nektar ship flying into outer space to see where the future will be for the next generation of musicians to discover this incredible band. And to be allowed to have original Nektar’s original artwork designer Helmut Wenske who had done the album cover on The Other Side, it shows that he is not only as a collaborator for the band, but also a good friendship between them as well." ZN-e&d

Essential Track: "The centerpiece of the album undoubtedly is the 18-minute title track which takes up one full side of vinyl and is an homage to those who have passed from the Nektar Family. The song is somewhat of a medley between "Love Is" and "The Other Side", cleverly blending together. The former walks the line of nearly being a bit sappy, while the latter contains more engaged vocal sections. Regardless, it's the instrumental breaks which really make this song shine, beginning in earnest around the 9 minute mark. And then we truly witness the wizardry of Chlanda on guitar and Scott on keyboards. These two are a wonder to behold, and the continued success of Nektar owes much to their contributions throughout this recording. The solid drumming and bass work underneath perfectly compliments the arrangements and solos on top, giving the conviction of a well-chosen band who are playing skillfully together." SM-SP

Read the full review on echoes and dust.

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NewEARS Art Rock Series

  • 2020-04-09
    District 97 Screening Tour with The Tea Club and Rise Twain at Zorba Music Hall - Lowell, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Tea Club
    $25 adv, $30 day of show

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

    New England Events

  • 2020-02-27
    Geoff Tate Empire 30th Anniversary Tour: Empire and Rage For Order in their Entirety at Stage One - Fairfield Theater Company, CT at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Till Death Do Us Part
    $35 - $45

  • 2020-02-29
    Geoff Tate Empire 30th Anniversary Tour: Empire and Rage For Order in their Entirety at Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Till Death Do Us Part
    $25 adv, $30 day of show

  • 2020-03-01
    Geoff Tate Empire 30th Anniversary Tour: Empire and Rage For Order in their Entirety at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Till Death Do Us Part
    $45 - $60

  • 2020-03-01
    Devin Townsend: Empath Vol. 1 North American Tour, The Contortionist, Haken at Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Haken

  • 2020-03-02
    Geoff Tate Empire 30th Anniversary Tour: Empire and Rage For Order in their Entirety at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Till Death Do Us Part
    $45 - $60

  • 2020-03-03
    Geoff Tate Empire 30th Anniversary Tour: Empire and Rage For Order in their Entirety at The Vault - New Bedford, MA at 07:30 PM
    With Special Guests Till Death Do Us Part
    $30 - $40

  • 2020-03-04
    John Lodge & the 10,000 Light Years Band at Infinity Music Hall - Hartford, CT at 08:00 PM
    $59 - $79

  • 2020-03-08
    John Lodge & the 10,000 Light Years Band at Carry Memorial Hall - Lexington, MA at 07:00 PM
    $39 - $69

  • 2020-03-10
    Dweezil Zappa “Hot Rats Live! + Other Hot Stuff 1969" at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
    $45 - $60

  • 2020-03-11
    Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited at Academy of Music - Northampton, MA at 08:00 PM
    $38.50 - 78.50

  • 2020-03-11
    Brit Floyd - Echoes 2020: The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and more… at Hanover Theater - Worcester, MA at 08:00 PM
    $38.00 - $158.00

  • 2020-03-14
    Brit Floyd - Echoes 2020: The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and more… at Toyota Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT at 08:00 PM
    $40.50 - $150.50 (VIP)

  • 2020-03-14
    Lotus Land-American RUSH Tribute at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center - Old Saybrook, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2020-03-18
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza Volume 2 at The Wilbur - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $50

  • 2020-03-18
    Brand X at Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests Randy McStine
    $32.50 - $38

  • 2020-03-19
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza Volume 2 at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
    $40 - $59

  • Featured Show - NewEARS Presents

    District 97 - Screening Tour
    with The Tea Club and Rise Twain
    April 9th - Zorba Music Hall, Lowell MA

    District 97 is undoubtedly the most musically-adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. Since 2008, this quintet from Chicago has melded an adventurous, uncompromising instrumental prowess with the look, sound, and stage presence of vocalist Leslie Hunt. Through world tours and a stream of studio and live releases, the band has garnered a worldwide fanbase; collaborating with iconic singer/bassist John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia, UK) and drawing praise from Bill Bruford (drummer of Yes/King Crimson/Genesis), Mike Portnoy (drummer of Dream Theater/Transatlantic) and other rock luminaries along the way. District 97 rehearses doggedly to refine their compositions, ensemble-playing, and stage presentation; their standards for excellence have only grown more rigorous with the passage of time. Their new fourth studio album Screens and its accompanying live show are their most ambitious efforts to date.

    Formed in 2003, The Tea Club has independently recorded and released four EP's and five full length records. They’ve worked with acclaimed hardcore producer Tim Gilles (Thursday, Taking Back Sunday, Agnostic Front), supported influential progressive rock band Haken, and have toured the U.S. with Thank You Scientist, Bent Knee, Moon Tooth, and Beardfish. In May of 2020 they will play alongside Big Big Train at the Rites of Spring Festival in Sarasota, Florida.

    Rise Twain is a Philadelphia-based duo offering material ranging from anthemic to plaintive, grand to intimate, fertile to destructive. They are the union of Brett William Kull (producer, audio engineer, and member of Echolyn, Grey Eye Glances, and Francis Dunnery’s New Progressives) and J.D. Beck (Beck-Fields, The Scenic Route, author & playwright), forward-thinking songwriters that have cast their debut album with eloquent structures fit for both the heart-wrenching and star-clenching. They bring with them many collective years of direct and varied experience in writing, performing, and recording music.

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