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.

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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Big Big Train - Grimspound

"Big Big Train, who in the most unlikely of ways and in the most unlikely of times, have seen their popularity continue to grow, decades into their career, with members who are far past their 20s, and with no inkling of metal or electronica. Rather, their sound is the truest celebration of classic Prog as established by groups like Yes, ELP, Jethro Tull, and Genesis, and with no apologies. But their approach is authentic, and not derivative in any way. It is this authenticity, along with the masterful musicianship and skilled storytelling, that have built this band into one of the most important prog groups of the last 10 years. With their latest album, the magnificent Grimspound, they continue to cement themselves among the Prog elite." - PR

Essential Track: "A Mead Hall in Winter"

"The album’s longest track is “A Mead Hall in Winter” which is as Proggy a song as you will find. The song shifts through a number of themes and melodies over the course of 15 minutes. Halfway through it seems as though the song is finished but there is so much more to behold. Another more upbeat, rocking track, the song finds the band again taking a more direct, organic approach. David Longdon takes this song over, along with the group’s signature background vocals. Throughout the album, as on this track, the guitars are much more prominent than in some of their work. There are fewer brass instruments, flutes and heavy orchestration as before. So while the group have their style, there is a change in feel and vibe overall." - PR

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NewEARS Prog Showcase
NewEARS Prog Show & WEMF Radio present:

  • 2017-06-05
    Advent Horizon at PA's Lounge - Somerville, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests No More Pain & TSK
    $15 at the door

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

    New England Events

  • 2017-05-24
    Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy - Emerson Lake & Palmer Live On! at Whiskey Barrel Music Hall - Laconia, NH at 07:00 PM
    $29.50 - $75.00

  • 2017-05-25
    Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Tour - Emerson Lake & Palmer Live On! at Blue Ocean Music Hall - Salisbury, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25.50 - $35.50

  • 2017-05-26
    Animals As Leaders - The Madness of Many Tour at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Veil of Maya and Alluvial
    $22 - $25

  • 2017-05-26
    Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy - Emerson Lake & Palmer Live On! at The Bull Run - Shirley, MA at 08:00 PM
    $46 - $70 (VIP)

  • 2017-05-28
    The Machine Performs Pink Floyd at Part of StrangeCreek Campout 2017 (May 26 - 29) - Camp Kee-Wanee, Greenfield MA at 08:00 PM

  • 2017-06-03
    Bent Knee at Cafe Nine - New Haven, CT at 09:00 PM
    With Special Guests Great Caeser & The Refectory

  • 2017-06-04
    Ambrosia at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 07:00 PM
    $35 - $45

  • 2017-06-05
    Advent Horizon at PA's Lounge - Somerville, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests No More Pain & TSK
    $15 at the door

  • 2017-06-05
    Bent Knee at Great Scott - Allston, MA at 09:00 PM
    With Special Guests The Shills & Body English

  • 2017-06-16
    Asia and Journey at Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville CT at 08:00 PM
    $49 - $89

  • 2017-06-17
    Toto at Twin River Casino - Lincoln, RI at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $45

  • 2017-06-19
    Asia and Journey at DCU Center - Worcester, MA at 07:30 PM
    $39.50 - $129.50

  • 2017-06-20
    Toto at Warner Theatre - Torrington, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2017-06-25
    Toto at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 07:00 PM
    $100 - $275 VIP

  • 2017-06-30
    Fates Warning at Webster Theater - Hartford, CT at 05:00 PM
    With Special Guests Sacred Oath, Shadow Kingdom
    $22 - $25

  • 2017-07-01
    Fates Warning at Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests Divine Regale
    $20 adv


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    With Special Guests: TBD

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    5-20-17 - Rylee McDonald of Advent Horizon and Dan Rainone of No More Pain coming soon.

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    5/24 - Whiskey Barrel, Laconia NH
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    5/26 - Bull Run, Shirley MA

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