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

Eccentric Orbit
- Creation of the Humanoids -

This second Eccentric Orbit release is an addictive, energetic (and often deliciously noisy!) work full of infectious instrumental displays with memorable arrangements, but most of all, there's a great sense of fun as well. "Creation of the Humanoids" makes a very strong case for not only one of the best instrumental albums, but simply one of the best overall progressive releases of 2014. ABB-PA

Essential Tracks: The centrepiece of the album is the almost twenty minute, five part epic title track, with plenty of drama and flair emerging throughout. An approaching army of tension begins the piece, distorted mud-thick bass plodding over imperial synth fanfares and marching drums. Electronics flicker to life leading to zippy keyboard wig-outs, moving through mud-thick spastic bass eruptions, searing jazz/fusion violin runs, and even brief sweeping folk breaks and ambient pauses to catch your breath. So many jagged violent outbursts and even some nice dirty slinking grooves, this exhausting piece shows Eccentric Orbit at their very best. ABB-PA

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New England Events

  • 2015-02-05
    XG Extreme Guitar Tour featuring Uli Roth and Vinnie Moore at Infinity Hall - Hartford, CT at 08:00 PM
    $39 - $50

  • 2015-02-06
    XG Extreme Guitar Tour featuring Uli Roth and Vinnie Moore at Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-02-06
    Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra Performs The Who’s “Quadrophenia” at The Regent Theatre - Arlington, MA at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-02-07
    Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra Performs The Who’s “Quadrophenia” at The Regent Theatre - Arlington, MA at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-02-08
    The Musical Box Performs Foxtrot at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-02-11
    Thank You Scientist as part of "The Noise Presents" at The Paradise - Boston, MA at 06:00PM
    With Special Guests with Periphery, Nothing More, Wovenware

  • 2015-02-13
    Living Colour at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-02-17
    The Pink Floyd Experience - 4 Sides of Floyd Tour at The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $40 - $50

  • 2015-02-18
    Umphrey's McGee at Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-02-19
    The Pink Floyd Experience - 4 Sides of Floyd Tour at Zeiterion Theatre - New Bedford, MA at 08:00 PM
    $32.50 - $45.50

  • 2015-02-21
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center - at 08:00 PM
    $35 & $38

  • 2015-02-24
    Guthrie Govan (Aristocrats, Asia, Steve Wilson) at Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests John Finn Group

  • 2015-03-07
    Mike + The Mechanics - The Hits Tour at The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $55 - $75

  • 2015-03-08
    Mike + The Mechanics - The Hits Tour at Infinity Hall - Hartford, CT at 08:00 PM
    $74 - $94

  • 2015-04-04
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25 & $35

  • 2015-04-08
    Zappa Plays Zappa One Size Fits All 40th Anniversary Tour at Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA at 08:00 PM
    $28.50 - $72.50 (VIP)


    Featured Show:

    URO performs The Who's Quadrophenia
    Feb 6 & 7 - The Regent Theatre, MA

    For the second time, The URO performs The Who’s masterpiece, QUADROPHENIA, in its entirety. Perhaps the most thought-provoking concept album ever produced, Quadrophenia is a complex work that delves into the depths of human feeling and expression - from the opening chords of “The Real Me” to the closing jubilation of “Love Reign O’er Me,” this might be the most power-packed recording ever made. Please join us for two incredible evenings of rock and roll.

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