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

Margin - Psychedelic Teatime

The music on the album is psychadelic/progressive rock, highly influenced by late 60s/early- to mid 70s Pink Floyd. The music is laid back and slow building towards louder and more epic climaxes, but always pleasant to listen to. Organic drumming and bass playing, emotional guitar playing and some nice vintage keyboard/organ sounds spiced up by the occasional sedated vocal line. The musicianship is top notch and you don´t notice that this is basically a one-man project. UMUR - PA

The new German artist MARGIN makes it clear in the promotional text that PINK FLOYD is the major influence, and it's indeed audible in the music. To me this is not a problem. Being practically a one-man effort, this is amazingly well done. M - PA

Essential Tracks: "Things get started with the five part suite called "A Mysterious Cup Of Tea" which clocks in at around 23 1/2 minutes. I really enjoy Part 1 which might be my favourite piece on the whole record. The guitar cries out in the background as liquid sounding keys are tastefully played. It's all so relaxed and laid back. The drums join in and the guitar becomes more prominant as this plays out. The organ becomes the focus about half-way through. Great start! Part 2 is where we get vocals for the first time and he really reminds me of Phideaux. The music continues to be excellent as this part is also very relaxed with lots of acoustic guitar. Part 3 impresses me because of the prominant bass mostly. Again it's mellow and laid back for the most part, although the guitar is more on the attack here than the previous songs. Part 4 sounds a lot like Part 2 because of the vocals mostly and acoustic guitar although it gets dramatic late and this continues in Part 5. Hey some mellotron samples on this one too. MS - PA

The very first observation is the pristine sound, something Berlin has always been rather famous for within and beyond the prog universe, it hits you right from the very first relaxed notes of the 5 part suite "A Mysterious Cup of Tea", a sweeping epic example of psychedelic space rock of the highest order. The opening Part1 is all instrumental luxury and showcases one-man band Lutz Meinert's talents on all matter of instruments, especially the liquid guitar parts, the flamboyant acoustic versions as well, utilizing various keys with delectable delight , the languishing organ sweeping forward nicely and particularly crisp piano parts that give the sound a sublime sheen. It must be noted that the bass work all along is absolutely first rate, as well as the terrific drumming throughout. t - PA

Read the reviews at ProgArchives.

Listen to samples and buy the CD from Madvedge Records.

Art Rock Series

  • 2014-10-21
    Stick Men (featuring Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter) at The Regent Theatre - Arlington, MA at 07:30 PM
    With Special Guests Mindset X
    $30 & $50 VIP

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

    New England Events

  • 2014-09-20
    Gino Vannelli (the greatest voice in recorded history says NewEARS' Fred T.) at Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $45 - $150 (VIP)

  • 2014-09-28
    Coheed and Cambria at House of Blues - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Thank You Scientist
    $35 - $54.65

  • 2014-10-02
    Bryan Ferry at Orpheum Theater - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
    $53.45 - $84.20

  • 2014-10-09
    Kansas at Blue Ocean Music Hall - Salisbury, MA at 08:00 PM
    $49 & $59

  • 2014-10-16
    California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio at City Stage - Springfield, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Montreal Guitar Trio
    $30 & $35 (members $26 & $30)

  • 2014-10-16
    STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) at State Theatre - Portland, ME at 08:00 PM
    $27.50 adv, $30 day of show

  • 2014-10-17
    The Tubes at Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH at 08:00 PM
    $40 - $55

  • 2014-10-17
    California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio at The Center for Arts - Natick, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Montreal Guitar Trio
    $30 ($28 members)

  • 2014-10-18
    The Tubes at Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH at 08:00 PM
    $40 - $55

  • 2014-10-18
    Australian Pink Floyd - Set The Controls Tour - the very best of Pink Floyd at Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT at 08:00 PM
    $29.50 & $39.50

  • 2014-10-19
    Australian Pink Floyd - Set The Controls Tour - the very best of Pink Floyd at Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
    $43.20 - $63.70

  • 2014-10-19
    Secret Chiefs 3 at Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA at 08:30 PM
    $15 ($18.50)

  • 2014-10-21
    Stick Men (featuring Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter) at The Regent Theatre - Arlington, MA at 07:30 PM
    With Special Guests Mindset X
    $30 & $50 VIP

  • 2014-10-23
    Renaissance - A Symphony of Light Tour at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2014-10-25
    Andrian Belew Power Trio at The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA at 06:00 PM
    $25 adv, $28 day of show

  • 2014-10-25
    An Evening With Primus & The Chocolate Factory at Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $33.50 - $56

    Featured Show:

    Gino Vannelli - September 20th
    Berklee Performance Ctr - Boston, MA

    With a career spanning over 40 years, Gino Vannelli has created an eclectic mix of music. His songs range from the progressive sounds of Storm at Sunup, "The War Suite" (The Gist of the Gemini), Brother to Brother and Nightwalker, to pop songs like "I Just Want to Stop" and "Living Inside Myself", to classical and opera with "A Pauper in Paradise" and Canto, to new wave with Black Cars and jazz with Yonder Tree, and even touches of country recently with "Widerness Road". One thing that stands out through all this great music is Gino's beautiful powerful voice (the greatest in recorded history says NewEARS' Fred T).

    Gino is the recipient of multiple Canadian Juno awards, has been nominated for several Grammy Awards, has performed for the Pope and has sold more than 10 million records worldwide. He comes to Boston's Berklee Performance Center in support of his recent DVD/CD release Live in LA that covers all the hits and favorites from his long career. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear Gino in his first local performance in almost 20 years.

    Prog in the News

    2014-09-18: Great pictures of King Crimson in Boston from Tony Levin's Web Diary
    Here in Boston, I'm thrilled, as always, to return to the city I was born in and grew up in. In Copley Square, a visit to the Boston Public Library where I used to work in the music department after school.

    2014-09-18: Fish: A Personal statement on the Scottish Referendum
    What is going on up here in Scotland now and what has been going on for a very long time and what will be decided today I cannot ignore and would be an absolute lie if I chose to pretend it did not affect me and chose to avoi

    2014-09-18: Queen release "Killer Queen" vodka on 40th anniversary of song
    The ultimate accompaniment to any band’s rider, and drink of choice for the legendary late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Queen have unveiled a premium Freddie Mercury celebratory vodka, ‘Killer Queen’. Released on the 40th

    2014-09-17: Rush's R40 – 40th Anniversary Collectors Box Set Available In DVD & Blu-ray
    2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Rush’s eponymous debut album in 1974. This superb collector’s box set brings together live performances by Rush from each decade of their career. It includes “Rush In Rio”, “R

    2014-09-17: Lifesigns Live DVD on PledgeMusic
    HI! We need YOU to help us record our live DVD this autumn. Pledge with us and be a part of making this come true! Here’s how it works. Over three nights in or near London we are going to record a Live DVD before a very selec

    2014-09-17: James Cameron Wins Another ‘Avatar’ Lawsuit
    Litigants seeking to cash in on the global popularity of James Cameron’s uber-blockbuster are now 0-for-4 in the past year. A New York judge today threw out a copyright-infringement suit by artist Roger Dean — who has created

    2014-09-16: King Crimson to Release Long-Coveted ‘Blue Tapes’
    For years, the so-called ‘Blue Tapes’ have been among the most sought-after items for King Crimson fans, coveted as much for the musical clarity on display during these 1973-74 concerts as for their scarcity. Not anymore. Rob

    2014-09-16: Pictures of King Crimson getting ready for Boston
    Some photographs from today's set-up and soundcheck. First up from the camera of the Mighty Trev, a view of the grand old venue that is the Colonial Theatre...Into the soundcheck...

    2014-09-15: Jeff Lynne Says There May Be More ELO Shows on the Way
    After a return performance to the stage last night, Jeff Lynne said that there may be more performances from Electric Light Orchestra in the future. Lynne performed with ELO as part of BBC Radio 2Œs Festival in a Day in Lond

    2014-09-15: Boston Globe Music Preview: Fripp plays favorites with a new King Crimson
    In 1989, when the English rock band King Crimson released a so-called “Definitive Edition” of its 1971 album, “Islands,” a hidden track that closed the original LP was omitted through an engineer’s error. The change was sligh

    2014-09-14: RIP: John Gustafson, bassist for Quatermass, Roxy Music, Ian Gillan and others
    John Gustafson, who memorably collaborated in the ’70s with Ian Gillan and Roxy Music, has died at 72. He had once been deemed the “second most important bassist ever to come out of Liverpool” for his work in the groundbreaki

    2014-09-14: RoSfest Saturday lineup announced for ROSfest 2015
    The twelfth edition of The Rites of Spring Festival will take place on May 1st – 3rd 2015 in Gettysburg, PA. UK progressive metal band Haken will headline the Saturday bill on May 2nd. The supporting slots for Saturday have b

    2014-09-12: Jerry Gaskill of King's X sufers second heart attack
    We unfortunately have to announce that during a scheduled minor procedure, Jerry Gaskill has suffered a heart attack during the post operation recovery, and as a result must undergo double bypass surgery within the next 72 ho

    2014-09-11: Prog Awards 2014 Winners In Full
    The third annual Progressive Music Awards took place tonight in the majestic setting of the Underglobe, underneath Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. It was a spectacular and star-studded event, with Peter Gabriel scoopin

    2014-09-11: Deep Purple Announce New Concert Film With Orchestra
    Deep Purple‘s forthcoming ‘Live in Verona’ DVD finds the group working with strings again — more than 45 years after their groundbreaking ‘Concerto for Group and Orchestra’ pushed the boundary between classical music and rock

    2014-09-09: Queensryche Is 'Making a New Record Right Now,' Eyeing Early 2015 Releease
    Its lengthy and bitter legal battle with former frontman Geoff Tate ended, Queensryche is putting the throttle down on moving past the problems and getting its future in full gear. Drummer Scott Rockenfield tells Billboard th

    2014-09-09: Great pictures from Tony Levin on King Crimson warm-up show
    Here at 'The Egg', in Albany -- it's the venue where we'll start off the tour on Tuesday. But we loaded in Saturday night, and have two days of production rehearsals to get used to the stage setup and our concert sound system

    2014-09-09: Mike and the Mechanics Announcement: Successful Hits Tour to hit the US and Canada
    That’s right, it’s hot off the press – Mike + The Mechanics will be touring America in early 2015 – February and March – and we hope to see you there! We’re excited to announce that we will be flying over to America before hi

    2014-09-08: Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan Leads Thousands of Guitarists Through ‘Smoke on the Water’
    In 2013, the inaugural Guitars on the Beach event collected the biggest single gathering of guitarists playing simultaneously in the history of Britain. For the follow-up, which was held on Sept. 6, organizer Geoff Baker set

    2014-09-08: Nostalgic ride through Steely Dan’s career
    Old pop stars don’t fade away — they tour the summer circuit endlessly, playing greatest-hits shows for fans looking to relive some memories for a couple hours. Steely Dan, perhaps the most stylishly subversive band of its or

    2014-09-07: TIFF 2014: Roger Waters rocks red carpet
    We don’t need no thought control. Veteran British rocker Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame says that pretty much sums up why his 1979 double album The Wall, which inspired the recent The Wall Live world tour that has now been t

    2014-09-05: Genesis Documentary ‘Sum of the Parts’ Coming in November
    The upcoming BBC documentary ‘Together and Apart‘ will be paired with another film called ‘Sum of the Parts,’ set for release in November on DVD, to form a comprehensive history of Genesis. Together, they trace the history of

    2014-09-05: Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin To Perform Live Scores of Cult Horror Classics Dawn of the Dead and Suspiria at Roadburn Festival 2015
    We’re extremely excited to announce that Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will return to the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival, set for April 9 – 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands, to perform their much acclaimed movi

    2014-09-04: Geoff Tate Bids Farewell to Queensryche
    After many years and a lot of legal drama, former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate performed under the band’s name for the final time on Aug. 30, marking the end of an era for longtime fans. The occasion was marked with appropri