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

Liquid Tension Experiment – LTE3

"As soon as it was announced (and fans finished pinching themselves to make sure they weren’t dreaming), Liquid Tension Experiment 3 became perhaps the most heavily anticipated progressive metal album of 2021. After all, it’s been over twenty years since the instrumental quartet—bassist Tony Levin, keyboardist Jordan Rudess, drummer Mike Portnoy, and guitarist John Petrucci—released their last studio collection; despite all of the great stuff that they’ve done (separately or together) over the years, devotees still clamored for a proper follow-up to 99's LTE 2.

The result is a sequence that, if not outright better than its predecessors, certainly ranks alongside them and meets any expectations admirers might have. Liquid Tension Experiment 3 is a remarkable return for one of progressive metal’s greatest instrumental troupes. It delivers exactly what band enthusiasts expect—no more and no less—with eight pieces that constitute some of the most dauntingly intricate, endearingly colorful, and/or calmly melodic passages the foursome have ever penned." JB-MI

"The album is recorded by engineer James “Jimmy T” Meslin (Dream Theater, John Petrucci) and he delivers once again. Portnoy’s drums have never sounded better. Petrucci’s signature sound is unmistakable. Levin’s work on the bass and Chapman stick are as clear and rich (no pun intended) as ever. Rudess’s endless variety of sounds and effects are timely and smooth. Master mixing Jedi, Rich Mouser (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic, Neal Morse Band), delivers his usual clear, pristine, dynamic, and powerful style which makes this a great listening experience to the most seasoned audiophile. There is breath, width, clarity, and precision which really raises this album to a new level. Every instrument is perfectly grooved in their sound spectrum which delivers a top notch sound experience in every variety of style LTE3 brings." VJG-TPR



Essential Track: "Unsurprisingly, the album wastes no time dishing out some intimidatingly complex aggression via the appropriately named “Hypersonic.” Its opening moments alone offer a tirade of speedily synchronized rhythms and riffs whose dizzying ascensions and descensions would seem like self-parody if they weren’t done so damn masterfully. (Of course, Rudess’ trademark quirky timbres come into play, too.) As usual, its nonstop abrasiveness distinguishes it a bit from the more dynamic and fanciful instrumentals of the members’ myriad other projects." JB-MI



Read the full reviews on Metal Injection and The Prog Report.

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New England Events

  • 2021-05-20
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza Volume 2 at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
    Rescheduled to December 2nd

  • 2021-05-21
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza Volume 2 at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    Rescheduled to December 1st

  • 2021-05-23
    The Musical Box : A Genesis Extravaganza Vol. II at The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    Rescheduled to November 30th

  • 2021-09-10
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at The Cabot Theatre - Beverly, MA at 07:00 PM
    TBD

  • 2021-09-11
    THE MACHINE performs Pink Floyd at The Flying Monkey - Plymouth, NH at 07:30 PM
    $34

  • 2021-10-04
    Todd Rundgren – The Individualist, A True Star at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $90

  • 2021-10-05
    Todd Rundgren – The Individualist, A True Star at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $90

  • 2021-10-16
    THE MACHINE performs Pink Floyd at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $50

  • 2021-10-22
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd: Unplugged at TCAN (The Center for Arts Natick) - Natick, MA at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $40

  • 2021-10-23
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd: Unplugged at TCAN (The Center for Arts Natick) - Natick, MA at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $40

  • 2021-10-29
    Mary Fahl (of October Project) at TCAN (The Center for Arts Natick) - Natick, MA at 08:00 PM
    $30 - $35

  • 2021-11-28
    The Wizards of Winter at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 07:00 PM
    $40 - $55

  • 2021-12-11
    Kansas - Point of Know Return at Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Lowell, MA at 08:00 PM
    $49 - $299 (VIP)

  • 2021-12-15
    Genesis The Last Domino? Tour at TD Garden - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    TBD

  • 2022-02-05
    Martin Barre performs classic Jethro Tull at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
    $45 - $60

  • 2022-02-06
    Martin Barre performs classic Jethro Tull at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $49.50 - $104.50 (VIP)

  • Featured Show

    Nick D’Virgilio - Invisible
    Sweetwater Studios Theater Stage

    On-Demand Live Performance Event
    May 14th - 4 PM EST






    Drummer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Nick D’Virgilio (Big Big Train, ex-Spock’s Beard, ex-Tears For Fears) released his second solo album “Invisible” last year, a star-studded album praised by fans and critics alike, which featured musical contributions from Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Paul Gilbert (Mr Big, Racer X), Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel), Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings / Steve Hackett), Jem Godfrey (Frost*) and several other special guests.

    Today D’Virgilio is announcing his first official streaming event, a full live performance of “Invisible” from the Sweetwater Studios theater stage happening on Friday May 14th 2021 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Accompanied by a full band – comprised by Don Carr and Pete Lock on guitar, Andy Rice on bass, Jacob Dupre on keys, Ryan Holquist on drums, Isak West on tenor sax and background vocals, Adam Griswold on baritone sax and Nick’s own daughter Sophia D’Virgilio on background vocals – the charm and finesse of “Invisible” will be brought to life, its uplifting music paired with first-class video work produced by Christian Rios.


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    2021-05-07: Phil Manzanera hooks up with Tim Finn for series of new EPs
    Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera has teamed up with Split Enz and Crowded House singer songwriter Tim Fizz for a series of new EPs. The first, Caught By The Heart, is released on June 12, and you can watch a video for the

    2021-05-06: Frost* - Day and Age (Album Review)
    Maybe it’s global warming at play but things seem to be heating up for Frost*. Over fifteen years, three albums and one EP into their career, the stars seem aligned for the band to deliver their best album yet in this day and

    2021-05-06: Underrated Styx: The Most Overlooked Song From Each Album on UCR
    Few bands in rock history have such a carefully written and precisely arranged catalog of songs as Styx. The Chicago-based group blends rock, pop and prog elements into a seamless whole that maintains a remarkably high standa

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    2021-05-05: Pink Floyd’s Touring Museum Exhibit to Hit U.S This Year
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