New England Art (Progressive) Rock Society - New England's Ear on Progressive (Prog) Rock Music
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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Spock's Beard - Noise Floor

"While very melodic throughout, Noise Floor allows the Beard to demonstrate that they have retained their identity, despite everything. There might be more immediacy in melody and hook, and there is definitely some progression in the band's compositions (at least from their last album "The Oblivion Particle"). There is also a greater tendency to allow reminiscence of the childhood influence of other melodic American and British Prog bands. But there is absolutely no tendency to abandon that intangible Prog singularity which has always appealed to the band's die-hard fans. On the contrary, the band seems to be consistently mindful of that which makes them Spock's Beard."

Spock's Beard's chief weapons of surprise, innovation, excitement and melody are strong indeed, even after all these years and so many changes in personnel. May they live long, prosper and continue to make some of the greatest music in Prog. Or as the Cardinal might have said if Monty Python's Spanish Inquisition scene had been about a band: "Nobody expects the Beard. If you have committed the heresy of not following them, we'll soon change your mind about that." PN-TPR



Essential Track: "Have We All Gone Crazy Yet" is eight minutes of Prog heaven. The assertion that there is no 'epic' on this album is disproved by this song. The big AOR ballad introduction might seem unremarkable to begin with, but suddenly, there it is - that absorbing and evocative Spock's Beard Prog-pop that we love and expect. Again, this could have been written in Neal Morse's days, but it was not. It is 2018 Beard and yes, it is THAT good. Melodic folk guitar strumming reminiscent of early Jethro Tull leads to a captivating vocal switch between D'Virgilio and Leonard that contrasts to make both vocals sound even better. The verse and chorus are spine-tingling, gut-wrenching stuff, and the resulting composition is as good as anything in Spocks Beard's vast catalogue. It is Prog, Spock's Beard style, delivered in full flight, and it is sublime. Kansas and Styx influences are there, but done with insane complexity such as only the Beard can deliver. The harmony lead solos will make Leonard's excellent guitar playing indispensible on the road. A quirky middle keyboard interlude soon morphs into a ferocious, tortured beast of a guitar riff that is frightening in its power. (Alan Morse is known for creating unique electronic guitar sounds, and he does it again in this song.) The guitar, keyboards and vocals are literally on the rack here. Suddenly, Queen is conjured in the last passage, but again, with a twist that only these fine musicians can deliver. After the insanity, a huge, epic passage featuring a blistering solo from the most under-recognized lead guitarist in Prog, builds before fading into the ether. This is my favorite song on the album - it has everything, and in my opinion will eventually be recognized as one of the best songs in Spock's Beard's catalogue. PN-TPR



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New England Events

  • 2018-06-22
    Mary Fahl of the October Project - performs her reimagining of Pink Floyd's at One Longfellow Square - Portland, ME at 08:00 PM
    $25 adv, $30 door

  • 2018-06-23
    Mary Fahl of the October Project - performs her reimagining of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" in it's entirety plus more at TCAN (The Center for the Arts in Natick) - Natick, MA at 08:00 PM
    $30 & $35

  • 2018-06-24
    Mary Fahl of the October Project - performs her reimagining of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" in it's entirety plus more at Infinity Music Hall - Norfolk, CT at 07:30 PM
    $29 - $39

  • 2018-06-27
    Styx - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Tesla at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA at 07:00 PM
    $29 - $350 (VIP)

  • 2018-06-29
    Umphrey’s McGee at House of Blues - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
    $35 - $55

  • 2018-07-10
    #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES at The Wilbur - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $59 - $225

  • 2018-07-11
    #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES at Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH at 08:00 PM
    $25 - $79

  • 2018-07-13
    #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES at Grand Theater at Foxwoods - Mashantucket, CT at 08:00 PM
    $25 - $40

  • 2018-07-17
    Coheed and Cambria at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA at 06:30 PM
    With Special Guests Taking Back Sunday
    $29.50 - $59.50

  • 2018-07-19
    Bent Knee - The Paper Earth Tour at The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Gatherers
    $15

  • 2018-07-27
    Mary Fahl of the October Project - performs her reimagining of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" in it's entirety plus more at Iron Horse - Northampton, MA at 07:00 PM
    $25 adv, $30 door

  • 2018-07-28
    Radiohead - Dead Air Space Tour at TD Garden - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
    $49.50 - $89.50

  • 2018-07-29
    Radiohead - Dead Air Space Tour at TD Garden - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
    $49.50 - $89.50

  • 2018-07-29
    Brit Floyd - Eclipse World Tour - 45 Years of The Dark Side of the Moon at Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH at 08:00 PM
    $25 - $65

  • 2018-08-04
    Yanni 25 - Acropolis Anniversary Concert Tour at Providence Performing Arts Center - Providence, RI at 08:00 PM
    $29.50 - $250 (Premium Package)

  • 2018-08-04
    Thomas Dolby: An Evening of Music & Storytelling at TCAN (The Center for the Arts in Natick) - Natick, MA at 08:00 PM
    TBD

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    Featured Show:

    Mary Fahl's reimagining of
    Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"
    June 22 - 1 Longfellow Sq, Portland ME
    June 23 - TCAN, Natick, MA
    June 24 - Infinity Music Ctr, Norfolk CT
    July 27 - Iron Horse, Northampton MA



    "Sounding like no other singer of her generation" (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s NYC- based chamber-pop group October Project. The hallmark of their sound was Mary Fahl's awe-inspiring power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication. As a solo artist, Mary has released several compelling albums, including the fantastic re-working of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" for V2 Records and her wonderful, original studio album "The Other Side of Time" on Sony Odyssey. She has also written and performed songs for several major motion pictures, including the lead song ("Going Home") for the Civil War epic Gods and Generals. Her most recent album "Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House", winner of the Indie Acoustic "Album of the Year" award, is a collection of twenty-four tracks recorded live at one of America's oldest vaudeville theaters that captures the soaring, soul-permeating vocals and musical breadth that makes the Mary Fahl concert experience what the Portland Press called "soul-permeating". The show was filmed for PBS and is currently airing on PBS affiliates around the country. Fahl's elegant, cinematic songs draw on classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as thinking man's folk-pop which she performs with an earthy, viscerally powerful contralto that Boston Globe critic Steve Morse calls "a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms". Her music appeals to a wide range of musical enthusiasts, including a large, loyal fan base of Mary Fahl evangelists.




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