Anne’s Shore & More #116 – Oct 31 2013

Anne’s Shore & More #116 – Oct 31 2013


Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

New London has one less venue for live original music now that the El ‘n’ Gee Club has closed. The Oasis Pub and 33 Golden Street are both doing their part to fill the void this weekend, as both clubs have shows on Friday and Saturday nights. Unfortunately for the under-21 crowd who used to be able to see bands at the Gee, these are all 21+ shows. On Friday night, Mystic band Slander ( returns to the Oasis Pub along with Camp, the quirky pop band from Connecticut College that was a popular favorite on the main stage at this year’s I AM Festival. Slander has been playing a lot of shows, and there were a bunch of new tunes in their recent set at the Telegraph.  Also on the bill will be Kissing is a Crime (, from Brooklyn, playing in New London for the first time. The show starts at 9 pm and cover is usually $5.At 33 Golden Street on Friday,  it’s a Dia de los Muertos show with So Hideous (, Wons Nahpro, Empty Vessels (, Tomb and Thirst (, and the Holy ( will play a heavy doom sludge punk show. Cover is $5 and the show starts at 9 pm. Costumes are encouraged.

Saturday brings a couple of locally anticipated shows to downtown as well. At the Oasis Pub, Nicholas Johns (of the former New London area band Gone For Good) returns to live music with a new band consisting of Jason Banta on guitar, Dave Freeburg on bass, and Ben LaRose on drums. Those players should be familiar (to  fans of the local scene) as members of bands like Recur Occurrence, Burnouts from Outer Space, Fatal Film, the Suicide Dolls, and Matzah Cigar. Gone For Good ( was one of the better New London bands of recent years, They released a couple of excellent albums, “Marvelous Liar” and “Lightning Behind the Grace”, and two EPs as well. They disbanded about a year and a half ago. Nick will be playing a bunch of new songs that he has recently written. New London garage-rock favorites Street People (  will also be playing. DJ Sir RoundSound will get the evening started by spinning the funk. The show starts at 9:30 pm, and cover is usually $5.

At 33 Golden on Saturday, the music will be quite a bit heavier, with  Reign of Zaius (, Horns of Ormus, and Lamb Bombs. I tried to find some music from Reign of Zaius, but they don’t seem to have any songs posted online. Their website has a couple of live clips, one in which they cover Blue Oyster Cult’s “Burning For You”. They also cite Black Sabbath as an influence. Reign of Zaius is a self-described “Ape Rock” band from Brooklyn who will be making their first CT appearance. The website lists two guitars, bass and drums, with photos of apes representing the cryptically-named band members. There seems to be a buzz about this show, so I think this band will be worth checking out. Oh, and the live clips show them as people instead of apes. I can also tell you that the other two bands on the bill are definitely worth seeing. Horns of Ormus ( has been playing shows in the area for about a year and a half, including the 2013 I AM Festival, and they have been doing some recording in recent weeks. Lamb Bombs ( are one of those bands whose music is hard to pin down. Prog-punk is the best description I can come up with. They are a talented trio from Deep River who will not disappoint. Cover is $5 and the show starts at 8 pm.

Also on Saturday, it’s the 6th and final Phil Agins Memorial Berklee Scholarship benefit, taking place at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly. Entertainment will be provided by Cahoots, Sit Kitty Sit, Wild Sun, Bobby Crash & friends, and Mike Rogoff. The benefit will once again raise money to send a talented and deserving local area high school student to the Berklee School of Music summer program. Tickets are $10, and doors open at 7 pm. Music begins at 8:00. Donations will also be accepted at  if you are unable to attend.

Here’s Gone For Good with one of their best songs, “Stormy Weather”, from Sailfest 2010:



Thu 10/31/13 - Anne Castellano & the Smoke at the Telegraph in New London 12:00 noon (Live Lunch Break)

- MT Bearington, Daphne Lee Martin, Mission Zero at the Oasis Pub iNew London 9 pm

- The Dialtones, Drug Shock, the Lost Riots, Lasher at Anna Liffey’s in New Haven 9 pm

- Rizzo’s Dilemma, the Mushroom Cloud at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- The Felice Brothers at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 9 pm

Fri 11/1/13      – Camp, Kissing is a Crime, Slander at the Oasis Pub in New London 9 pm

- So Hideous, Wons Nahpro, Empty Vessels, Tomb and Thirst, the Holy at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- They Might Be Giants at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 8 pm

- Sean Conlon at Cafe Nine in New Haven 5-7 pm NO COVER

- Kingsley Flood, Little Ugly, Golden Bloom (solo) at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- M.T. Bearington at Stella Blues in New Haven


Sat 11/2/13      – Reign of Zaius, Horns of Ormus, Lamb Bombs at 33 Golden Street in New London 8 pm

- Nicholas Johns, Street People at the Oasis Pub in New London 9:30 pm

- Sit Kitty Sit, Wild Sun, Bobby Crash & friends, Mike Rogoff at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 7 pm (Phil Agins Memorial Berklee Scholarship Benefit)

- Jesse Malin, Hollis Brown, the Backyard Committee at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sun 11/3/13     – Karl Kelly Tribute Concert at Spare Time Bowling Alley, 27 Kings Highway in Groton (Donations to benefit music scholarship fund for NLHS students) 4-7 pm NO COVER

- Elvis Costello at the Calvin Theater in Northampton MA 8 pm

- The Dickies at the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge 8 pm


Tues 11/5/13    – Ramblin’ Dan Stevens at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7:30 pm NO COVER

- Built to Spill, Slam Dunk, the Warm Hair at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 7 pm


Wed 11/6/13    – Tokyo Rosenthal, Dave Old Soul Hill at Anna Liffey’s in New Haven 8:30 pm


Thu 11/7/13    – Teen Destroyer, Fat Grip, more TBA at Two Boots in Bridgeport 8 pm NO COVER


Fri 11/8/13      – Anne Castellano & the Smoke, Monkey 68, Street People at 33 Golden Street in New London 9:30 pm

- Phil Rosenthal at Spring Street Studio and Gallery in Chester  4-6 pm

- Elvis Costello at the Shubert in New Haven

- Dan Greene (Mountain Movers) at Cafe Nine in New Haven 5 pm

- Paper Hill Casket Company, 1974, Them Damn Hamiltons at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sat 11/9/13      – Allerdings, Gail Silverman w/Donald “Duck” Dixon, Marisa Mini, Rew Starr at Two Boots in Bridgeport


Sun 11/10/13   – Willoughby Gap at Captain’s Pizza in New London 5:30-7:30 pm NO COVER

- Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 7 pm

- Jae Wolfe at Spring Street Studio and Gallery in Chester  4-6 pm

Anne Castellano is a New London, CT songwriter and guitarist who fronts her own original band, Anne Castellano and the Smoke. She has also played in several other bands over the years (the Uninformed, the Skin Walkers, and the Cavities) and spent several years performing as a solo artist.

In 2010 she released a full-length self-produced CD entitled “What’s Been Going On”. Anne also collaborated with Hugh Birdsall (Dogbite, the Reducers) on an EP called “In the Dark”, released in 2012 under the name SheSaidHeSaid. She is a 30-year veteran of college radio, and is currently doing the Deranged Radio Show on alternate Tuesday evenings from 6-9 pm at WCNI 90.9 FM in New London.

She grew up in New Fairfield, CT in a musical family, with a father who played guitar and listened to country artists such as Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, and a mother who loved Elvis Presley. Involvement in band and chorus in high school led to membership in the UCONN Marching Band and a two-week tour of Europe performing with the band in the early 1980s.

Anne moved to New London in 1987 because of the vibrant local music scene there. She began putting together her weekly concert calendar in 2005, to get the word out about all the local band shows that were taking place in the area. She enjoys books, animals, hiking, and the beach, and sees as much live music as her “day job” schedule permits.


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