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

The Sea Within

"Just consider this line-up: with Stolt are legendary skin-beater Marco Minneman (also singing and playing guitar), the one and only Jonas Reingold on bass, Renaissance's Tom Brislin on keyboards/vocals and Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlow on lead vocal and guitar. Flying Colors' vocalist Casey McPherson appears on three songs and will be touring with the band. Add to this already intimidating list the names of guest artists Jon Anderson (yes, him), Jordan Rudess (yes, also him) and Steve Hackett's woodwind player Rob Townsend, and you have a list of names that will draw collective, and very expectant, breath in Prog world. Talk about an "all-aboard" line-up. Wow - "

" When there are expectations this large, it can be a little unfair on the creators of the work. Is it quite as brilliant, special and perfect as the pundits have demanded it to be? At many points, yes, though at a few, perhaps not. But this is no temporary life-raft. On the contrary, there are some songs here that already place The Sea Within at the crest of a burgeoning Prog wave. The vessel has launched successfully, and even greater oceans await. With a little editing and more consistent production, the band is destined for some very exotic voyages indeed. There are masterstrokes on The Sea Within’s debut album – more than enough to augur well, if not guarantee, a massively fulfilling voyage, now and in the future." PN-TPR



Essential Track: "'Goodbye' is, for me, the high watermark of this album. It begins with a quirky, staccato 7/8 Prog bass-riff that is very unusual and immediately entrancing. This intriguing riff remains throughout, but also morphs into a delayed-gratification verse by McPherson, and a glorious chorus. It is hopeful, happy and fulfilling 'Recounting my life, it wakes my soul, here I'm free, the river is an ocean, I'm a river'. There is something about the nature of McPherson as a performer that is of itself uplifting, and his voice, especially when counterpointed against the other vocalists in the band, is perfect for this varied Prog arrangement. The lead solos interspersed in the song are superb. While reminiscent of Stolt's '70's melodic Prog influences, he stamps his own unique sound on to them. At times, the song sounds like it could have been done by Yes if they had progressed compositionally into 2018 (though it is true that not even a Yes drummer has ever played double kick drum quite like Minnemann does here.) The whole song is a triumph, and the wild expectations of the band's potential fans around the world will be fulfilled by this song. It is no surprise that 'Goodbye' was a collaborative composition between all five main band members. This is the compositional structure that works best for The Sea Within, and they should create more songs like this gem, which has everything." PN-TPR



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New England Events

  • 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

  • 2018-07-17
    Faust at Space Gallery - Portland, ME at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Video Nasties
    $16 adv, $20 day of show

  • 2018-07-18
    Faust at Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests ALEC K REDFEARN AND THE EYESORES, CREATIVE HEALING
    $20 adv, $23 day of show

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

  • 2018-07-21
    Between The Buried And Me as part of The Summer Slaughter Tour at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 01:00 PM
    With Special Guests 14+ more bands
    $29.50 - $35.00

  • 2018-07-21
    Blackmore's Night at Academy of Music - Northampton, MA at 07:00 PM
    $38.50 - $48.50

  • 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

  • 2018-07-28
    Blackmore's Night at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 07:00 PM
    $52.50

  • 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

  • 2018-08-04
    Thomas Dolby: An Evening of Music & Storytelling at TCAN (The Center for the Arts in Natick) - Natick, MA at 10:30 PM
    TBD

  • 2018-08-05
    Yanni 25 - Acropolis Anniversary Concert Tour at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $40 - $280 (Premium Package)

  • 2018-08-24
    Jean-Luc Ponty The Atlantic Years at The Cabot Theater - Beverly, MA at 08:00 PM
    $38.50 - $58.50

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    Featured Show:

    Faust
    July 17 - Space Gallery, Portland ME
    July 18 - Brighton Music Hall, MA



    German Krautrock legends faUSt will be embarking on their Vagabondages in North America tour in July 2018! faUSt is an experimental rock band which came out of the Hamburg music scene in the late sixties. Formed in Wümme in 1971, faUSt were the first band to have the term "krautrock" applied to their music, and to the genre that ensued. German for "fist," and also the protagonist of Goethe's eponymous play, faUSt were one of the first bands to use the recording studio as an instrument. Their live appearances were explosive (literally), as the pinball machines and jack-hammer legends detail.

    Featuring founding member Jean-Hervé Péron, faUSt's North American tour begins on July 11th in Chicago. There will be line-up changes and guest additions at various points of the tour - founding member and drummer Werner 'Zappi' Diermaier will join the ensemble in Brooklyn on July 22 to the end of the tour. Also featured with the band is guitarist Amaury Cambuzat.

    Hello faUSt friends in Canada and USA! As for 1994! and for the fifth time now, faUSt will ride again the highways of your continent, up and down from Chicago/IL to Montreal/QC, across and back, from Brooklyn, NY to L.A., CA, spreading the good words of DadaKrautRock.

    Here all musicians involved in the tour... well, almost all because we do have "last-minute guests"...

    In the North East faUSt will be: Jean-Hervé Péron aka art-Errorist (voc, strings, wind and tools), Amaury Cambuzat (guit, voc), Tim Barnes (drums and sounds). In Chicago we will share the stage with Bobby Conn (guit, voc), Monica Boubou (voc, violin) and Josh Johannpeter (drums). In Brooklyn we will meet up with Braden Diotte (bass and sounds)... and Zappi, yeah! That's "ze big man wiz ze big nose!" on drums, voc, tools and metal.




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