New England Art (Progressive) Rock Society - New England's Ear on Progressive (Prog) Rock Music
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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Nad Sylvan - The Regal Bastard

"'The Regal Bastard' is a 45 minute finale to a [Vampirate] trilogy ['Courting The Widow' &'The Bride Said No'], but it's not necessary to have heard the prior albums to enjoy this album. The breadth of what you encounter here musically and stylistically means it's a rollercoaster of an album. The epic "I Am The Sea" kicks the album off in epic style, with interesting rhythm styles underpinning the enormous range of Nad's vocal styles, plus the bonus of a incredible guitar solo by Guthrie Govan. Funkier influences are apparent in “Meet Your Maker”, powered as it is by drummer on most of the album, Nick D'Virgilio, paired with bass legend Tony Levin, and sprinkled with female vocals – that aside everything else in this track is the work of Nad himself (many may assume he's "just the singer" but the crazy keyboard parts and angular guitar is all his own work). This album blends its prog with pop, soul, and r'n'b, rather than the metal riff you find in heavier aspects of the genre – so it’s one for those of you who prefer the melody to the shred!"

"This is an album whose rich textures mean that repeated listenings reward the listener with deeper insights. It is a carefully crafted sonic experience with precision instrumentation and is a superb showcase for Nad's vocal, compositional and arranging talents."     GB-TPR

Essential Track: "'The Regal Bastard' epic title track is a multi part, orchestrated epic, that shifts through a number of phases, including a breakdown powered by Jonas Reingold’s bass followed by a brief but wonderful guitar solo from Nad himself. In fact, this track, which leads into the album’s two final tracks, is an incredibly strong 20 minutes of music." BG-TPR

Read the complete review on The Prog Report.

Listen to samples on YouTube and buy the CD from InsideOut Music or wherever great prog music is sold.

NewEARS Art Rock Series:

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New England Events

  • 2019-08-17
    Jordan Rudess - Bach to Rock...and Beyond at LoFaro Center for The Performing Arts - Henniker, NH at 07:30 PM
    $50 by Invitation Only

  • 2019-08-18
    Jordan Rudess - Bach to Rock...and Beyond at LoFaro Center for The Performing Arts - Henniker, NH at 06:30 PM
    $50 by Invitation Only

  • 2019-08-23
    The Who's "Tommy" - The 50th Anniversary Concert at Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA at 08:00 PM
    $27 adv, $30 day of show

  • 2019-08-29
    Umphrey’s McGee at Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH at 08:00 PM
    $30.50 adv, $35.50 day of show

  • 2019-09-05
    Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH at 08:00 PM
    $24 - $59

  • 2019-09-06
    Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at Stateside Amphitheater - Jay Peak, VT at 08:00 PM

  • 2019-09-10
    Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at Infinity Music Hall - Hartford, CT at 08:00 PM
    $39 - $79

  • 2019-09-11
    Ian Anderson Presents : JETHRO TULL 50th Anniversary Tour at Chevalier Theatre - Medford, MA at 08:00 PM
    $79 - $165

  • 2019-09-11
    Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at The Warehouse - Fairfield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2019-09-13
    Kamelot - The Shadow Tour at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests Sonata Arctica
    $17.00 - $100.00

  • 2019-09-15
    Jethro Tull the 50th Anniversary Tour by Ian Anderson at Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $55

  • 2019-09-18
    Alan Parsons Live Project at Hanover Theater - Worcester, MA at 07:30 PM
    $29.50 - $179 VIP

  • 2019-09-19
    An Evening With King Crimson at Boch Center - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $39.50 - TBD

  • 2019-09-19
    Alan Parsons Live Project at The Vets - Providence, RI at 07:30 PM
    $179 VIP

  • 2019-09-21
    Delain at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests Anneke van Giersbergen & Amorphis
    $18.00 - $90.00

  • 2019-09-21
    STS9 at House of Blues - Boston, MA at 07:00 PM
    $29.50 - $45.00

  • Featured Show

    Last Minute Openings to Private Event
    8/17 & 8/18 - TLCPA, Henniker NH

    Virtuoso musician/composer Jordan Rudess, has embarked on a U.S. and European tour to perform a solo piano performance entitled: FROM BACH TO ROCK: A MUSICIAN’S JOURNEY.

    Rudess’ solo concert will travel through his fascinating musical journey – how a young Juilliard piano prodigy destined for a classical music career evolved into a keyboard rock star phenomenon.

    “Jordan Rudess has journeyed from the depths of tradition to the ever-expanding outer limits of musical possibility, inviting listeners along for the ride. The results are, unsurprisingly, consistently beyond world-class.” The Musical Melting Pot

    Jordan Rudess is best known as the keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire for platinum-selling Grammy- nominated prog rock band, Dream Theater. He trained at the world-renowned Juilliard School of Music, where he first studied as a child prodigy at age nine. As a teen, he defected to synthesizers in a classic act of rock ’n’ roll rebellion. In 1994, Keyboard readers voted him “best new talent,” and since then has become the universally acknowledged heir to the shredding throne of such prog-rock royalty as Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. He is renowned for his unique fusion of classical technique and influences with rock sensibilities.

    In addition to playing in Dream Theater, Jordan has worked with a wide range of artists including David Bowie, Jan Hammer, Enrique Iglesias, the Paul Winter Consort, Annie Haslam, LMR, his side project with Tony Levin and Marco Minneman, Liquid Tension Experiment, Steven Wilson, Aviv Geffen, the Dixie Dregs, Rod Morgenstein, and Tony Williams, among others. Jordan’s interest in state-of-the-art keyboard controllers and music apps are another area of his career in which he has achieved success. Jordan owns the successful App development company Wizdom Music, creators of award-winning apps such as MorphWiz, SampleWiz, and Geo Synthesizer. Wizdom Music’s latest app, GeoShred, was created in collaboration with moForte, founding members of Stanford University’s Sondius team.

    Prog in the News

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    Genre-defying experimental rock group Bent Knee are releasing a new album, You Know What They Mean, on October 11 via InsideOutMusic. We’re premiering new single “Hold Me In,” along with its video (directed by Kelsey Hunter A

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    2019-08-14: Rock’s 20 Most Far-Out Concept Albums
    The entire notion of the concept album is often a slippery grab even for the most hardcore fans. Since the term first came into rock 'n' roll orbit, usually attributed to the Beatles' 1967 classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts

    2019-08-14: District 97 Signed Screens/Screens 5.1 DVD/Septennial CD
    If you'd like a signed, advance copy of our upcoming release SCREENS (due 9/27 via Cherry Red), you can get that now. Additionally, we have a few copies left of the Screens 5.1/hi-res stereo DVD and Septennial: Return to Rosf

    2019-08-14: Peter Gabriel photo book will explore singer's career from Genesis to present day
    A new photo book celebrating the career of Peter Gabriel is to be published later this year. Titled Peter Gabriel: A Life In Vision, the book will launch on October 18 and explore the vocalist’s career in chronological order

    2019-08-13: Tool’s Anxiety Over Maynard James Keenan Being Blamed for Delays
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