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

Big Big Train - Folklore

"In case you've been living under a rock, Big Big Train is possibly the fastest growing progressive rock band in existence. Whereas most prog rockers hit us with quality recordings that remain consistent, BBT's ability to improve on each subsequent release is squarely manifested in Folklore, their best album yet. From cover to cover it is concise, energetic, harmonious, and melodic - you absolutely can't go wrong with this release ". - DD,BBT-BC

Essential Track: Folklore "opens with a string quartet playing at first wistfully and with more than a hint of melancholy. The progression is different to yet to me reminiscent of the strings accompanying Nick Drake's Way to Blue, another quintessentially English tune, worthy of his whisper. As an introduction to what follows through the course of nine songs, it is perfect. A brass fanfare adds some gravitas and the feeling of something epic to come. Big Big Train always manage a sense of the epic with aplomb. The scopes and vistas of their soundtracks are immense and deep at times but have real substance. They are never superficially grand. The subjects of their songs are often humble, idiosyncratic and closely observed - art forgers are more likely to appear than classical heroes - but the emotions and meanings touched upon are timeless and moving." - s-PA

Read the reviews at Prog Archives.

Listen to samples and buy the CD at and other fine prog retailers.

Art Rock Series

There are currently no entries in the events database. Please check back later.

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

New England Events

  • 2016-06-26
    Kansas at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $70 - $95 (VIP)

  • 2016-07-02
    Black Mountain at The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA at 08:00 PM
    $18 adv, $20 day of show

  • 2016-07-15
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at Blue Ocean Music Hall - Salisbury, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25 - $29

  • 2016-07-15
    Elephants of Scotland at Dover Brick House - Dover, NH at 07:30 PM
    With Special Guests Mavara

  • 2016-07-16
    Elephants of Scotland at Hatbox Theatre - Concord, NH at 07:30 PM

  • 2016-07-20
    Black Mountain at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge - Burlington, VT at 08:00 PM
    $15 adv, $17 day of show

  • 2016-07-22
    Jeff Beck at Foxwoods Grand Theater - Mashantucket, CT at 08:00 PM
    $45 - $75

  • 2016-07-26
    Yanni at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $40 - $125

  • 2016-07-29
    The Jelly Jam (Dream Theater's John Myung, Dixie Dregs & Winger's Rod Morgenstein, and King's X's Ty Tabor) at The Regent Theatre - Arlington, MA at 08:00 PM
    $28 - $43

  • 2016-08-04
    YES - The Album Series (Drama and Tales From Topographic Oceans 1 & 4) at Lynn Auditorium - Lynn, MA at 08:00 PM
    $47 - $87

  • 2016-08-05
    YES - The Album Series (Drama and Tales From Topographic Oceans 1 & 4) at Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $55

  • 2016-08-11
    Boston - 40th Anniversary Tour at Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT at 07:30 PM
    With Special Guests Dennis Deyoung - The Music of Styx

  • 2016-08-12
    Blackmore's Night at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $45 - $70 (VIP)

  • 2016-08-13
    Elephants of Scotland at The Monkey House - Winooski, VT at 08:00 PM

  • 2016-08-14
    Blackmore’s Night at The Regent Theatre - Arlington, MA at 07:30 PM

  • 2016-08-14
    Boston - 40th Anniversary Tour at Wang Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $45 - $125


    Next show 6/25/16 - with special guests
    Erik Norlander & Circuline

    Latest Podcast:

    6-18-16 Special Guest:
    Gadi Caplan Live in Studio

    Click here for all the NewEARS Prog Show podcasts on WEMF...>>

    Prog in the News

    2016-06-24: Roger Waters Reportedly Signing Select Deluxe ‘Wall’ Boxes With Different Names
    If we had to sign a few thousand autographs, we’d start getting loopy after a while — and Roger Waters apparently would too. The reissue site Super Deluxe Edition reports that certain copies of the (ahem) super deluxe edition

    2016-06-24: Eat That Question:Frank Zappa In His Own Words-Documentary Opening Today in NYC
    A hilarious, all-archival footage portrait of legendary rock star / composer Frank Zappa – from his 1963 clean-cut appearance on The Steve Allen Show, to full counter-culture freaky regalia, as leader of the Mothers of Invent

    2016-06-24: Eric Gillette Interview on The Prog Report
    Eric Gillette, guitarist and vocalist with the Neal Morse Band discusses his latest solo album which features Thomas Lang on drums as well as Conner Green and Diego Tejeida of Haken on bass and keys. The solo album comes off

    2016-06-23: Peter Gabriel and Sting Kick Off U.S. Tour With Exuberant, Inspired Collaborations: Concert Review
    Peter Gabriel and Sting last toured together in 1986 and 1988 as part of a string of Amnesty International benefit concerts. Last night, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, the pair kicked off their new Rock, Paper, Scisso

    Reggies is proud to announce Progtoberfest II October 21-23, 2016 with up to 27 bands playing this year. This year our main headliners include the reunion of legendary Jazz/Fusion band Brand X (Percy Jones, John Goodsall, & K

    2016-06-22: KARMAKANIC - The Making of Dot (Trailer)
    As usual Jonas Reingold gives us another album for the ages. Couldn't love this band more, watch the trailer below and pre-order this album! You won't regret it! - JB, TOCTTECP

    2016-06-22: The Neal Morse Band confirmed to headline at ROSfest 2017
    The Neal Morse Band has been confirmed to headline on Saturday night at ROSfest in 2017. Neal Morse is a household name in the world of progressive rock. His tenure as a founding member of legendary US progressive rock band S

    2016-06-21: Listen to Jon Anderson and Roine Stolt’s ‘Invention'
    Former Yes vocalist Jon Anderson and Flower Kings guitarist Roine Stolt have teamed up for a new album, and they’re ready for fans to hear an edit of the song “Invention.” You can listen to the song below. The new LP, titled

    2016-06-21: Mike Keneally "Scambot 2" Signed Limited Edition (2 CDs plus "Scambot 2" Download)
    Welcome to the exclusive Exowax-only pre-release of Scambot 2 and Inkling (More from the Scambot 2 Sessions), designed to satisfy all core Keneally fans! Pre-orders are being taken now for this signed limited edition package

    KANSAS, America’s legendary progressive rock band, will release their intensely anticipated new studio album “The Prelude Implicit” on September 23, 2016. The album is the first new release in 16 years for the band that has s

    2016-06-21: Opeth North America Tour Announcement
    Opeth are pleased to announce new dates for North America with special guests The Sword. Artist Presale / VIP Packages: Starts today, Tuesday June 21st at 2pm local time. Password: AMERICA

    2016-06-21: Jazz-Fusion Legends BRAND X Reunite To Tour U.S. Fall 2016/Spring 2017!
    Legendary Jazz-Rock-Fusion band BRAND X has reunited and is preparing to celebrate their reunion with a Fall 2016/Spring 2017 U.S. tour, including a headline performance at Progtoberfest in Chicago on October 21st. Also on th

    2016-06-21: Haken North American Tour 2016
    30.08.2016 REGGIE'S Chicago, IL, USA 31.08.2016 RAPIDS THEATER Niagara Falls, NY, USA 01.09.2016 MOD CLUB Toronto, ON, Canada 02.09.2016 CLUB SODA Montreal, QC, Canada

    2016-06-21: Emerson, Lake and Palmer Announce Reissue Campaign
    Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s entire catalog will be reissued over the course of the next year. As with Led Zeppelin’s 2015 reissues, they will release three records at a time, chronologically, and we can expect the first batch

    2016-06-20: Dweezil Zappa Announces ’50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%K He Wants’ Tour
    Threatened with trademark infringement for using his dad’s name on the road, Dweezil Zappa has changed the name of his upcoming tour once again. And in a symbolic middle finger to the potential lawsuit, Zappa is now calling i

    2016-06-20: Tony Levin - Fragile As A Song book release
    These are my poems from through the years, and lyrics from songs on previous albums, current albums and future ones. Some are quite personal, others humorous. The title poem is about making a musical connection with a bonobo

    2016-06-20: Drum Legend Terry Bozzio Presents a Solo Musical Performance on World’s Largest Tuned Drum & Percussion Set on Forthcoming US Tour!
    Drum legend Terry Bozzio, known for his work with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, UK and his critically acclaimed solo ventures, celebrates his latest release “Terry Bozzio Composer Series” with “An Evening With Terry Bozzio” US tour

    2016-06-20: A Conversation with Vitalij Kuprij (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
    Ukrainian-American maestro Vitalij Kuprij is a classically trained virtuoso, equally at home playing Beethoven's 4th Concerto on a grand piano in a concert hall, or in an arena shredding on one of his neo-classical rock compo