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.

Please see the About page for more information about our goals and history, as well as contact information.

NewEARS Album Of The Month

Dream Theater - Distance Over Time

"This is a solid release of progressive metal with excellent sonic quality. I have to say the mastering is superb. My next kudos go to Mike Mangini since this is the best drums that I have heard from him out of his Dream Theater releases. The rest of the band sounds fantastic as well, and everyone sounds like they are at the top of their game. []this could be the best album from the new lineup. Out of Reach is a fantastic ballad taken from Images and Words style, and the rest of the album just rocks. It does feel like they went back to basics, and killer guitar licks, amazing keyboards, and superb vocals are all present. This collection of songs is an excellent choice for Dream Theater and Progressive Metal fans. It is far removed from an ultra long concept album, but delivers the style of music that Dream Theater helped to pioneer." jvj-PA

"Dream Theater Distance Over Time is very good record. There's something on this record that hooked me immediately. There's quite strong musical ideas on this new record, and especially playing sound really inspired and superb. It well recorded and mixed record. Mr. Mangini is playing some relly cool stuff on this record, and so is Mr. Petrucci. Well done boys!" M-PA

Essential Track: "Pale Blue Dot: The album's closer in a chaotic and very interesting and complex 8 minutes long epic. []after multiple listens the song has grown on me and some of the weirdest and complex instrumental passages became quite fun to listen." Dw-PA

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NewEARS Art Rock Series:

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New England Events

  • 2019-04-20
    Martin Barre Celebrates 50 Years of Jethro Tull at Academy of Music Theatre - Northampton, MA at 08:00 PM
    $38.50 - $58.50

  • 2019-04-20
    Todd Rundgren – The Individualist Tour at Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $45 - $350 (VIP)

  • 2019-04-24
    Martin Barre Celebrates 50 Years of Jethro Tull at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $49.50 - $99.50 (VIP)

  • 2019-04-24
    Classic DEEP PURPLE Live Performed By Glenn Hughes at Wall Street Theater - Norwalk, CT at 08:00 PM
    $40 - $45

  • 2019-05-03
    Brit Floyd - 40 Years of The Wall at Lynn Auditorium - Lynn, MA at 08:00 PM
    $37 - $47

  • 2019-05-06
    Brit Floyd - 40 Years of The Wall at Merrill Auditorium - Portland, ME at 07:30 PM
    $39.75 - $179.75

  • 2019-05-08
    Brit Floyd - 40 Years of The Wall at Flynn Center - Burlington, VT at 08:00 PM
    $40.75 - $61.75

  • 2019-05-09
    BRAND X- Born Ugly – Still Ugly Reunion Tour at Stone Church - Brattleboro, VT at 08:00 PM
    $39 – $45

  • 2019-05-10
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd: 30th Anniversary Tour - Wish You Were Here, Animals, and Dark Side Of The Moon plus an extended encore at The Flying Monkey - Plymouth, NH at 07:30 PM
    $39 - $42

  • 2019-05-10
    Snarky Puppy - World Tour 2019 at The Strand - Providence, RI at 09:00 PM
    $30 - $45

  • 2019-05-11
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd: 30th Anniversary Tour - Wish You Were Here, Animals, and Dark Side Of The Moon plus an extended encore at The Cabot - Beverly, MA at 08:00 PM
    $24.50 – $34.50

  • 2019-05-11
    Snarky Puppy - World Tour 2019 at The Music Hall - Portsmouth, MA at 08:00 PM
    $34 - $68

  • 2019-05-12
    Riverside - North America Wasteland Tour 2019 at The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25 - $30

  • 2019-05-12
    Snarky Puppy - World Tour 2019 at House of Blues - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $32 - $48

  • 2019-05-12
    An Evening with BRIAN AUGER’s Oblivion Express at Regent Theatre - Arlington, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25 - $45

  • 2019-05-14
    The Noise Presents - Meshuggah at House of Blues - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests The Black Dalia Murder
    $35 - $55

  • Featured Shows

    May 12th - Boston's Day of Prog

    Riverside - The Sinclair, Cambridge
    Brian Auger - Regent Theatre, Arlington
    Snarky Puppy - House of Blues, Boston

    Riverside are starting a new chapter and after our recent experiences, a story like that has gained more meaning. "Wasteland" is mostly about what's happening in the world these days but it also makes a reference to the tragedy that befell the band in 2016. Musically, we've returned to darker sounds but we have also turned a new page and recorded the album in a different style. It's still Riverside but expressed in a much deeper and more mature way. Most artists say the same thing while promoting their new releases: that they have just created their best work to date. I won’t say that because everything we have done so far has been consistently very good and unique. But I will say that we have never had such an incredible emotional load on any of our previous releases, and it’s not likely that we will ever make such a charged album again. "Wasteland" is an epic, multidimensional, poetic and very deep album. Perhaps of the once in a lifetime kind."

    Brian Auger, the London, England born keyboard genius & musical pioneer, lauded and loved by everybody from Herbie Hancock to Mose Allison, from the Brand New Heavies to The Beastie Boys, whose tracks have been sampled by Mos Def, Common, Air and Kid Loco, and his original compositions covered by Sarah Vaughan, Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes and he is the proud recipient of a US Congressional Award For Services to Jazz! For over 50 years, Brian Auger has been a musician's musician. Jazz pianist, bandleader, session man, Hammond B3 innovator, and a key player in the rise of jazz/rock fusion, Brian has done it all and then some. An incredible gentleman with one of the most varied careers in music, he has incorporated jazz, early British pop, R&B, soul, and rock into an incredible catalog that has won him legions of fans all over the world.

    Immigrance, the new Snarky Puppy studio album, is all about movement. "The idea here is that everything is fluid, that everything is always moving and that we’re all in a constant state of immigration," explains Michael League. "Obviously the album’s title is not without political undertones." Like Culcha Vulcha, Immigrance is a studio project, and it features most of the same musicians. And though it shares that project's ace musicianship and dynamic, kinetic spirit, it is also more raw and moodier than its predecessor. Several of the compositions put a newfound emphasis on delivering simpler, streamlined impact. With Immigrance, Snarky Puppy is essentially practicing what it's preached all along: People from different places can bring their various strengths and experiences, and that can be beautiful and cohesive. The band itself is a representation of that musical expression.

    Prog in the News

    2019-04-19: Video Promo:Jordan Rudess - Wired For Madness - Out Now!
    Our own keyboard 🎹 wizard Jordan Rudess' new solo album is released today! 'Wired For Madness' features John Petrucci, James LaBrie, Marco Minnemann, Guthrie Govan (Official) and many other talented guests.

    2019-04-19: AAJ Review: King Crimson: Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972
    "Never say never," or so the old adage goes. When it comes to music, there are two more that should be added: "farewell tour" and, most certainly as it relates to King Crimson's Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972, "the compl

    2019-04-19: Artificial Silence - yet another great debut album
    The debut album by American band Artificial Silence. Out now on digipack CD (professionaly made CD-Rs) or Digital Album at their Bandcamp (name your price). Just had a listen to Negative Space, the debut album by Artificial S

    2019-04-19: Watch Roger Waters Join Nick Mason Onstage for Pink Floyd Song
    Roger Waters joined former Pink Floyd colleague Nick Mason for a rendition of the band's classic track “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” in New York City last night. The surprise guest spot took place at the Beacon

    2019-04-19: Big Big Train premiere video for new single Alive
    Big Big Train release their brand new single Alive today. It's the first single from the band's forthcoming album, Grand Tour, and they are premiering the new video with prog. You can watch it below. "Our new album, Grand Tou

    2019-04-18: UN Singers to Perform with Strawbs at the Grand Finale of the 50th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday April 27, 2019!
    We are very pleased to announce that the UN Singers will perform with Strawbs in the Grand Finale of the band’s 50th Anniversary celebration at the Strand Theater, Lakewood NJ on Saturday April 27, 2019. The UN Singers are de

    2019-04-18: Nad Sylvan announces new album The Regal Bastard
    Singer Nad Sylvan has announced that he’ll release his new studio album this summer. It’s titled The Regal Bastard and will be the third and final part of the Steve Hackett vocalist’s Vampire trilogy which began with 2015’s C

    2019-04-18: David Bowie – Zeit! (The Berlin Trilogy 1977-79) (****)
    The chameleon of rock takes us on a fantastic voyage across three loosely connected albums recorded during one of his most experimental and collaborative periods. I’ve always been aware of David Bowie’s legacy, but it’s only

    2019-04-17: Robert Fripp Recalls ‘Missed Opportunity’ With David Bowie
    King Crimson leader Robert Fripp recalled the “missed opportunity” of working with David Bowie in 2002, and said his wife, singer Toyah Wilcox, had never forgiven him for the incident. Fripp appeared on Bowie’s celebrated alb

    A band-authorized graphic novel chronicling the creation of Rush's A Farewell to Kings album will be released on Sept. 10. You can see six pages from the book below. The 144-page The Making of A Farewell to Kings was created

    PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS is the brand new quartet featuring the talents of current & former Spock's Beard members Ted Leonard, Jimmy Keegan & Dave Meros as well as long-time contributing songwriter-producer John Boegehold. The

    2019-04-17: HAKEN: - ANNOUNCE SUMMER 2019 LIVE DATES
    HAKEN, one of progressive music’s most exciting bands, recently completed a hugely successful tour of Europe in support of their latest album ‘Vector’. Now they can reveal they will return to Europe for some select festival &