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

The Flower Kings - Look At You Now

"On 'Look At You Now', compositional excellence, high performance levels and detailed production combine to make a complex symphony of layered sound that reflects TFK's influences, spanning decades. The music instantly sounds pleasantly familiar (in the best way) but with a subtle layer of 2023 innovation. Above all, the voices of Stolt and Froberg still meld absolutely effortlessly over the top-drawer performances of the band. The net result is that TFK have stayed loyal to their traditional sound while providing an innovative twist with the directness of these tracks.

This record delivers a collection of songs that is one of TFK's best yet, and it makes no difference whether they are viewed as one epic theme or as 13 separate works, because the album flows beautifully with good sequencing. Whether you prefer fatter guitar sounds or more hippy vocal meanderings, whether you prefer ballads or rockers, it is all there, and it is all delivered to the highest standard. More than that, this album presents a maintenance of form for The Flower Kings that declares once again that this band is simply not to be ignored. It's rockophonic, baby - in fact it is downright hip." PN - TPR

"'Look At You Now' clocks in at sixty-eight minutes in length and is comprised of ten new tracks, with the band continuing their exploration of the shorter song format, with most if not all of the songs clocking in at around five minutes. The album is packed with amazing sounds, beautiful melodies, fantastic instrumentation, all the aspects of a good TFK album. [] The band is going strong, their creative juices are flowing, and they continue to deliver great collections of songs full of flower power." ACM-PA



Essential Track: "'Stronghold' is classic TFK with a spacey, open production that reminds us why we loved earlier albums such as 'Stardust We Are' so much. Already released as a single, it is obvious why this one was chosen. The song is a master-stroke of thoughtful melodic Prog and it sounds huge, with a massive, bending lead solo from Stolt. 'Following the rabbit down the rabbit hole' goes the lyric, which is somewhat onomatopoeic, because if you are new to TFK, this one will indeed take you down the rabbit hole of one of the greatest Melodic Prog acts of our time. A great song to play to newcomers as a band introduction." PN-TPR
 


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

Listen and watch the videos on the band's YouTube Channel.

Buy the Album from Inside Out Music or wherever great Prog music is sold.
 
NewEARS Art Rock Series

There are no NewEARS show announcements at this time

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

New England Events

10/03/23Jethro Tull's Martin Barre - All Acoustic, Unplugged ConcertJonathan's Ogunquit - Ogunquit, ME
10/04/23Martin Barre - A Brief History of TullParamount Theater - Rutland, VT
10/06 - 10/08/23ProgStock 2023 Williams Center - Rutherford, NJ
10/07/23Justin Hayward - The Harmony Tour - featuring Mike Dawes Flying Monkey - Plymouth, NH
10/08/23Justin Hayward - The Harmony Tour - featuring Mike Dawes Nashua Center for the Arts - Nashua, NH
10/10/23Justin Hayward - The Harmony Tour - featuring Mike Dawes Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
10/11/23Justin Hayward - The Harmony Tour - featuring Mike Dawes Infinity Music Hall - Hartford, CT
10/12/23Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited: Foxtrot at 50 + Hackett HighlightsThe Wilbur - Boston, MA
10/12/23Martin Barre - A Brief History of TullNarrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA
10/13/23Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited: Foxtrot at 50 + Hackett HighlightsGarde Arts Center - New London, CT
10/13/23Martin Barre - A Brief History of TullThe Kate - Old Saybrook, CT
10/13/23Lotus Land - American Rush TributeBlue Ocean Music Hall - Salisbury, MA
10/14/23Lotus Land - American Rush TributeBlue Ocean Music Hall - Salisbury, MA
10/17/23Justin Hayward - The Harmony Tour - featuring Mike Dawes Shalin Liu Performance Center - Rockport, MA
10/20/23IZZ - with Big Motor Sugar Hollow Tap Room - Danbury, CT
10/27/23King's X - Three Sides of One 2023 TourThe Vault - New Bedford, MA
10/27/23Jethro Tull - The Seven Decades Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH
10/27/23Brit Floyd - 50 YEARS OF "DARK SIDE" - WORLD TOURCross Center - Bangor, ME


Featured Show:
 
This October
Friday 6th - Sunday 8th
Williams Center - Rutherford, NJ



ProgStock 2023, the American Northeast's Only International Progressive Rock Festival, will take the stage for its seventh straight year from October 6th through October 8th at an exciting new venue, the Williams Center in Rutherford, New Jersey.

In-person attendance at ProgStock includes a seat in our historic theater, opportunities to meet, greet and get to know our artists, and the chance to witness unique and spontaneous things that only happen at ProgStock.

For those who can't attend in-person, ProgStock offers live-streaming of our staged performances during the festival.

Performers on our main stage include:
AD ASTRA, Travis Larson Band, The Mahavishnu Project, Erik Norlander, Aziola Cry, Randy McStine, Matt Dorsey Band, Rachel Flowers, Dave Kerzner Band, Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear, Mystery, Unitopia.

And special guest appearances by:
Patrick Moraz of YES and The Moody Blues, Michael Sadler of SAGA, and Joe Deninzon of Kansas.

Just outside our theater doors, Bob Moog Foundation Plaza will host some of the most unique and memorable happenings at ProgStock, led by our very own Robeone, Robert Schindler.

Spontaneous performances, listening parties, and many more once-in-a-lifetime experiences await you in the Plaza every day at ProgStock.
Fine art exhibits and features will be provided by Paul Whitehead, album cover artist for Genesis, and a fan favorite at ProgStock, and by Deane Arnold, the world-renowned pumpkin sculptor featured on the Food Network, back by popular demand.

These amazing experiences and many more will be waiting for you at ProgStock 2023 from October 6th through October 8th at the Williams Center in Rutherford, New Jersey.

Passes to ProgStock are on sale now at ProgStock.com.

Live music is alive and well at the American Northeast's Only International Progressive Rock Festival, ProgStock.

Welcome to Our Progressive House!




Latest New England Prog News

Trans Siberian Orchestra 2023 Winter Tour Announcement

Six New England Shows - 11/24: SNHU, Manchester NH - 11/25: DCU, Worcester MA - 11/26: Mohegan Sun, Uncasville CT

Rock out this holiday season with TSO as we bring back 'The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: The Best of TSO and More'! We're pulling out all the stops to make sure this winter tour is our best show in years.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra have announced over 60 North American tour dates for the upcoming holiday season.

The run, which features two different touring lineups to maximize the amount of performances, as well as matinee and evening shows at several tour stops to further meet demand, will take place from Nov. 15 through Dec. 30.

See Trans-Siberian Orchestra Live-Get tickets as low as $22.00 The project was originally conceived by the now deceased composer and producer Paul O'Neill alongside Savatage members Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli. Throughout the years, various other metal musicians have taken part in touring, including Alex Skolnick (Testament), Bill Hudson (NorthTale, I Am Morbid, Doro), Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Russell Allen (Symphony X), now late bassist David Z (Adrenaline Mob) and so many more. !