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

The Pineapple Thief - It Leads To This

"It is reassuring to report that The Pineapple Thief have released a gem of an album, full of rich, emotionally laden songs. Bruce Soord's plaintive voice graces a range of well-crafted pieces, embellished with subtle musical accents and tasteful flourishes. The Pineapple Thief have perfected an engaging formula in which they frame lyrical and musical ideas within relatively concise but imaginative songs (most in the four to five minute range, with one a shade under six minutes). There's no flab or overindulgence here - it's precise and measured with magnificent sound design and excellent performances all round. What is also notable is that all the songs are credited to both Bruce Soord and Gavin Harrison. Harrison began as a 'hired gun' on 2016's impressive Your Wilderness, but he is now clearly integral to the band's songwriting, indicating just how much the Porcupine Tree / King Crimson star is enjoying being involved, having more creative space for his own contributions. His percussive, arrangement and songwriting skills are resplendent on It Leads to This." LT-TPA

" Bruce is in fine form, arguably one of the better voices in prog, as well as a highly inspired guitarist and composer. The fact that his bandmates have cemented their relationship by sticking together through thick and thin, is quite revelatory and the proof is in the tangy pudding being offered up to fans of brooding, explorative and emotional prog. Eight tracks, a running time of 41 minutes and possibly their best effort yet. The set list seems like a chronological flow, at least in terms of musicality, but also lyrically." tsz-PA



Essential Track: "'To Forget' is a slow building jewel of a song, commencing with delicate acoustic guitars under Soord's soft, yearning voice, joined by the crisp precision of Harrison's percussion and drums. There is a real majesty to this elegant piece, with glistening splashes of guitar punctuating the calm rippling surface... until about halfway in when the bass, drums and more assertive guitar break the surface entirely. The hypnotic rhythm and Soord's fragile voice return us to a shimmering pool of sounds with Kitch's subtle keys chiming, before the whole piece rises dramatically, and then fades into the distance. It is a wonderfully atmospheric way to end the albu." LT-TPA
 


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NewEARS Art Rock Series

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New England Events

04/12/24Snarky Puppy Jorgensen Center For The Performing Arts at UCONN - Storrs, CT
04/13/24Snarky Puppy Groton Hill Music Center - Groton, MA
04/20/24Lotus Land - American Rush Tribute The Cabot - Beverly, MA
04/24/24Umphrey's McGee - An Evening With Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
04/25/24Umphrey's McGee - An Evening With Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
04/26/24Mary Fahl - Full Band Performance TCAN - Natick, MA
04/26/24Umphrey's McGee - UMBowl House of Blues - Boston, MA
04/27/24Queensryche - The Origins Tour - playing the EP & The Warning in their entirety Palladium - Worcester, MA
04/27/24Umphrey's McGee - UMBowl House of Blues - Boston, MA
04/27/24Kamelot - Awaken The World Tour 2024 Big Night Live - Boston, MA
04/27/24Echoes Of Floyd - New England's Pink Floyd Tribute The Town House - Petrborough, NH
04/28/24Queensryche - The Origins Tour - playing the EP & The Warning in their entirety Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
05/03/24The Machine - performs Pink Floyd The Cabot - Beverly, MA
05/04/24California Guitar Trio Shalin Liu Performance Center - Rockport, MA
05/04/24The Machine - performs Pink Floyd unplugged TCAN - Natick, MA
05/06/24Todd Rundren - Me/We tour with Prairie Prince, Kasim Sulton, Bobby Strickland, Gil Assayas, Bruce McDaniel The Strand - Providence, RI
05/08/24Martin Barre - presents Jethro Tull's Greatest Hits City Winery - Boston, MA
05/08/24Todd Rundren - Me/We tour with Prairie Prince, Kasim Sulton, Bobby Strickland, Gil Assayas, Bruce McDaniel The Wilbur - Boston, MA

Featured Show:
 
Snarky Puppy

4/12 - Jorgensen UCONN, Storrs CT
4/13 - Groton Hill Music Center, MA



Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with as many as 20 members in regular rotation. At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada and the United Kingdom all have representation in the group’s membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy's music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.

Their latest Grammy winning album - Empire Central - was released in September 2022. Its sound is big and bold, chill and laid back, rooted in its native culture while reaching outward, forward bound. With 16 new compositions, the group looks fondly at where it's come from, confident in the polished power from which its members continue to build the unique Snarky Puppy sound.

The sound now rises like a skyscraper from a 21st century orchestra comprising three guitarists, four keyboardists, two brass, two reeds, a violinist, multiple percussionists and drummers and the accomplished, yet modest, Michael League keeping it all together with his bass.



Latest New England Prog News

ProgStock 2024 Announced for October 18-20 with: Saga, David Cross Band, Gong, Circuline, SiX By SiX, Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella, Rachel Flowers.





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