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

Haken - Virus

"Virus the album, is the most unique sounding release in the Haken catalog. It sounds very different than the last two. Musicianship is always top notch, and Ross sounds as good as ever on vocals. This is just great new music, and another excellent addition to the Haken discography. It may take several spins and several weeks to really take in all the nuances, but it is safe to say that Haken continues to make consistently excellent music. It is hard to top the first three albums, and that says something about the quality of music that Haken has produced over the years. Virus is a highly recommended album for anyone that loves the band or progressive metal." JVJ-PA

"Haken deliver a powerful statement with Virus, one that will have this album on many end of the year “Best-Of” lists. It does what great music is meant to do, takes you on a journey. And with ‘Virus’, Haken continue their journey atop the prog mountain." VJG-TPR



Essential Track: "17-minute epic “Messiah Complex”. Divided into 5 tracks, this delivers in satisfying all things Haken. There are all sorts of references to past musical themes which will keep die-hards locked in to identifying the hidden “eggs” as well as continuing the story of how it all ties together. Warning – in as much as Haken has put together a story, they have clearly stated they really leave enough space in order for it to be open for interpretation. This will have all the blogs, chat groups, and zoom meetings buzzing with discussion. Musically, “Messiah Complex” kicks off with the incredibly memorable and melodic “Ivory Tower” and weaves through complete mayhem before reaching a perfect climax with the last two sections “The Sect” and “Ectobius Rex”. No doubt, several detailed listening sessions are needed to properly digest one of what will certainly be hailed as their next masterpiece." VJG-TPR



Read the full reviews on Prog Archives and The Prog Report.

Listen to samples and buy the CD from Inside Out Music or wherever fine prog music is sold.


NewEARS Art Rock Series

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New England Events

  • 2020-08-15
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza Volume 2 at The Wilbur - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    Rescheduled to November 17th

  • 2020-09-10
    Brand X at Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests Randy McStine
    TBD

  • 2020-09-17
    THE MACHINE performs Pink Floyd (rescheduled from March 21st) at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    Rescheduled to March 20, 2021

  • 2020-09-19
    Coheed and Cambria at The Palladium Outdoors - Worcester, MA at 05:00 PM
    With Special Guests chon.
    CANCELLED

  • 2020-09-23
    Martin Barre performs classic Jethro Tull at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $49 - $55

  • 2020-09-24
    Martin Barre Performs Classic Jethro Tull at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
    TO BE RESCHEDULED

  • 2020-11-13
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza Volume 2 at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $60

  • 2020-11-20
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza Volume 2 at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
    $40 - $59

  • 2020-11-21
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at Wall Street Theater - Norwalk, CT at 07:00 PM
    $25.00 - $65.00

  • 2020-11-29
    The Wizards of Winter at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 07:00 PM
    $40 - $55

  • 2020-12-27
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at The Cabot Theatre - Beverly, MA at 07:00 PM
    TBD

  • 2021-02-07
    Todd Rundgren – The Individualist, A True Star at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $90 - $150 VIP

  • 2021-02-08
    Todd Rundgren – The Individualist, A True Star at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $90 - $150 VIP

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