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

IO Earth - Solitude

" IO Earth is hard to describe musically. They have a distinctly European sound with plenty of progressive rock portions, but sweeping orchestrations, ambient and breathy interludes, world music, prog metal, and sizzling instrumentals are all part of their sound, too. So, while guitar solos and riffs are the name of the game at times, so are intimate violins and vocal harmonies.

'Solitude' is truly an electric album with extensive orchestrations and cinematic flairs. The band doesn't always use this to create the same climactic song structures over and over, but instead experiment with various loud/soft techniques and ambient portions that add personality and the feeling of scale and height.

The performances are masterful, as well. Rosanna has a great voice that really matches and keeps up with the music. Dave is one of the best guitarists in prog today. He can be emotional but also very technical, too. His guitar playing on this album is full of hefty riffs and grand solos, and I feel like he will be standout player for 2018 as a whole. From Luke's sax to Jez's violin, there are plenty of flourishes and accents that make the music come alive. I'm also impressed by the rhythm section from Christian Nokes on bass and Christian Jerromes on drums: The bass has lots of oomph and the two musicians work splendidly together to elevate the whole album." - TPM

Essential Track: "'Hold On' is my favorite on the album. It starts out with electronic ambiance and a vocal lead, but explodes into a monolithic orchestral instrumental that combines with a vocal harmony that absolutely stuns." - TPM

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NewEARS Art Rock Series:

- The NewEARS Prog Show, WEMF (and the Regent Theater) presents -

  • 2018-04-13
    Edensong at Lilypad - Cambridge, MA at 10:30 PM
    With Special Guests The Ben Levin Group
    $10 adv, $15 at the door

  • 2018-05-09
    Women of Prog Rock 2018 featuring District 97, Lainey Schooltree, Laura Meade of IZZ, and Hypaspace at The Regent Theatre - Arlington, MA at 07;30 PM
    $25 & $45 (Patron)

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

    New England Events

  • 2018-03-25
    The Musical Box: Selling England by the Pound at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2018-03-25
    GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR at College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT at 08:00 PM
    $25 - $35

  • 2018-04-03
    Between the Buried and Me at Royale - Boston, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests Leprous, The Deer Hunter
    $25 adv, $30 day of show

  • 2018-04-07
    Brit Floyd - Eclipse World Tour 2018 at Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA at 07:00 PM
    $35 - $55

  • 2018-04-09
    Brit Floyd - Eclipse World Tour 2018 at Hanover Theatre - Worcester, MA at 07:30 PM
    $38 - $58 (VIP)

  • 2018-04-12
    Dweezil Zappa World Tour 2018 – “Choice Cuts” at Columbus Theatre - Providence, RI at 08:00 PM
    $22 - $75 (VIP)

  • 2018-04-13
    Edensong at Lilypad - Cambridge, MA at 10:30 PM
    With Special Guests The Ben Levin Group
    $10 adv, $15 at the door

  • 2018-04-14
    Dweezil Zappa World Tour 2018 – “Choice Cuts” at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center - Stowe, VT at 07:30 PM
    $45 - $125 (Premium)

  • 2018-04-14
    Edensong at The Monkey House - Winooski, VT at 08:00 PM

  • 2018-04-20
    Brit Floyd - Eclipse World Tour 2018 at Merrill Auditorium - Portland, ME at 08:00 PM
    $39.75 - $179.75 (VIP)

  • 2018-04-21
    Kamelot and Delain as part of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 01:00 PM
    With Special Guests Life Of Agony, Doyle, Candiria, Powerglove, Battle Beast, Dead By Wednesday and more tba
    $45 - $50

  • 2018-04-22
    Dweezil Zappa World Tour 2018 – “Choice Cuts” at Infinity Music Hall - Hartford, CT at 08:00 PM
    $39 - $79

  • 2018-04-23
    Brit Floyd - Eclipse World Tour 2018 at Flynn MainStage - Burlington, VT at 08:00 PM
    $38.75 - $163 (VIP)

  • 2018-04-25
    Dweezil Zappa World Tour 2018 – “Choice Cuts” at Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $30 - $90

  • 2018-04-27
    An Evening with Steven Wilson at Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $39 - $49

  • 2018-04-28
    The Ike Willis (of Frank Zappa) Project with special guest Micki Free (of Shalamar & Crown of Thorns) at Bull Run - Shirley, MA at 08:00 PM

  • Click here for all of Season 1 - 3 of the NewEARS Prog Show podcasts on WEMF...>>

    Featured Show:

    EDENSONG - Friday April 13th
    at the LILYPAD - Cambridge, MA
    with The Ben Levin Group
    Advanced tickets only $10
    ($15 Cash Only at the door)

    Edensong's history as a band is just as long, epic, and unpredictable as its music. The 2018 lineup includes long-time members like viking-bearded singer/guitarist James Schoen, second singer and bass playing hobbit/spider-demon TD Towers, and hypnotizing "dancing muppet" flute player Barry Seroff. They are joined by the virtuosic koto player and composer Kento Iwasaki, and drummer Nicholas DiGregorio, whose improvisational skill, jazz background, and hallowed status as a longtime friend of the band (largely responsible for turning the founding members onto prog in the first place!) makes him the perfect addition to the lineup.

    Edensong's latest recording, "Years in the Garden of Years," was released in September 2016 through Laser's Edge. The concept record further explores the band's intricately composed eclectic orchestral rock style, but infuses it with more energy and sheer power. The melodies are more memorable, the riffs more powerful, the flute playing more inventive and propulsive. The songs prominently feature immersive new textures, from lush keyboard and orchestral arrangements to esoteric percussion from around the world.

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