Anne’s Shore & More #118 – Nov 15 2013

Anne’s Shore & More #118 – Nov 15 2013


Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

There are some great shows taking place this weekend in the New London area, and there will be a few Boston bands in town to join the locals. New London favorites the Suicide Dolls ) always put a lot of thought into band lineups when they set up shows, and they have brought some amazing bands to town. Coincidentally, they will be bringing a couple of good out-of-town bands to the Oasis Pub on Friday. New London is conveniently situated between New York City and Boston, and it will be the meeting-place for bands from all three of those cities. Mean Creek (, from Boston, are two-time winners of the “Best Boston Act” from the Boston Phoenix, and their “Youth Companion” album has earned excellent reviews from CMJ and other publications.  Inspired by bands such as the Pixies, Mission of Burma, and the Lemonheads, they should be a great fit on this bill. Dead Stars (, from Brooklyn, will also be playing. They are a jangly, fuzzy, melodic alt-rock band with great melodies and hooks that may remind you of Sonic Youth, Pavement, or Dinosaur Jr. They recently played several showcases at the CMJ Festival. The Suicide Dolls haven’t played the Oasis in about five months, and their shows are always memorable. Ben LaRose will be behind the drum kit at this show. I hear he has an injured hand, and word is that bassist Michelle Montavon broke her bass at a recent show, so it will be especially interesting to see how the Dolls pull this one off. But you know they will. The show starts at 10 pm and the cover is $5.

Also on Friday night, Daphne Lee Martin will be at 33 Golden Street in New London with her band. Guests will be M.T. Bearington (, who play in New London often enough to be considered locals, and the Bynars. The Bynars ( are a guitar and drums synthpop band from Boston who toured Canada and the Midwest in October. Their most recent release is an 8-track album called “X vs. X”.  They also get the song title of the month award for “Asking Your Mom For Money “. M.T. Bearington is from New London’s sister city of New Haven, and they have opened for such bands as Deerhoof, the Drums, Of Montreal, and Mates of State. Daphne and her band are fresh off a successful two week tour as far as Minneapolis and back, which culminated in a session at Daytrotter. You can hear it here:!/concert/daphne-lee-martin/20057407-37385058. The show starts at 9 pm and cover is $5.

Just over the border in Rhode Island, there’s a good show at the Knickerbocker Cafe on Friday night with Girls Guns and Glory and Preston Frantz Hellbent and Heartbreakin’. Boston’s Girls Guns and Glory ( are no strangers to the shoreline, since they have playing shows in New London, Groton, and Waterford for years. But they aren’t around here as often as they used to be, and Westerly isn’t a bad drive from New London. Besides, Preston Frantz’s country band is worth the trip by themselves. Hellbent and Heartbreakin’ ( will open the show. In addition to Preston, the band includes Corina Malbaurn (the John Fries Band, the MacLeans, Recur Occurrence) on upright bass, Tim O’Connor (Full Moon Jamboree) on mandolin, Todd Little on fiddle, Sandy Allen (the Hoolios, the Rivergods) on pedal steel, and Ken Atkins (Ken Atkins & the Honky Tonk Kind) on lead guitar. Ken and Preston were bandmates in the popular local synth-pop band NewJohnny5 way back in the 1980s. These days they are both fronting country bands, and it’s pretty cool to see them play together again. (OK, I’m dating myself…) Tom Trombley (the Reducers, Ken Atkins & the Honky Tonk Kind) has also played drums with Hellbent at recent shows. The show starts at 8 pm and tickets are $8.

Here are the Dead Stars with “Fractured”:



Thu 11/14/13  - Village Jammers at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- The Hoolios (acoustic) at Steak Loft in Mystic 7-10 pm NO COVER

                        – Fake Babies, Violent Mae, Ale & the Zanders at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Denny Laine at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8 pm $15

- Taylor Joyner, Christian Lee Hutson, Micah Kohn, Bury Me a Lion at Two Boots in Bridgeport 8 pm NO COVER


Fri 11/15/13    – The Suicide Dolls, Mean Creek, Dead Stars at the Oasis Pub in New London 10 pm

- Daphne Lee Martin, the Bynars, M.T. Bearington at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- Girls Guns and Glory, Preston Frantz Hellbent & Heartbreakin at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8 pm

- Eddie Spaghetti, Bloodshot Bill, Shaka & the Soul Shakers Duo at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sat 11/16/13    – The Guy From Beastmaster, Meteorological Society, Bassball Camp Nurse, Fax Holiday, Jacket Thor at Willimantic Records in Willimantic 5-9 pm

- The Tarbox Ramblers, Girls Guns and Glory at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- John Fries Band at the Maple Tree Cafe in Simsbury 8:30 pm

- The Clams at T’s Cafe in Hartford 9 pm


Sun 11/17/13   – Lisa Marie Presley at the Iron Horse in Northampton 7 pm

- Elvis Costello at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston


Tue 11/19/13   - Jane Herships, Carrie Ashley Hill at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Wed 11/20/13  – Daphne Lee Martin, Frank Critelli at Perks & Corks in Westerly 9 pm

- If Jesus Had Machine Guns, Pocket Vinyl, Michael Kusek at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Thu 11/21/13  – JC Hatfield Band at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Cabin, Maryleigh Roohan at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Fri 11/22/13    – Goodnight Blue Moon, Great Elk, the Naked Stills at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sat 11/23/13    – The MacLean Sisters, the Hoolios at the Tamarack Lodge in Voluntown (CD Release party) 7 pm $10

- The Spampinato Brothers, the Zambonis at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Mon 11/25/13 – Palestar, Ben Erickson at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Tue 11/26/13   – Mac Jovin, Piranhas in Your Hot Tub at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Wed 11/27/13  – The Hempsteadys at 33 Golden Street in New London


Fri 11/29/13    – Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters, ReVibe at the Bulkeley House in New London 9 pm

- Agnelli & Rave, Ebin-Rose, The Lichter Brothers, The Meadow  Brothers, Moving Target at the Kate in Old Saybrook 8 pm (Benefit for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen)

- Farewood, Post-Modern Panic, Breakthrough Frequencies, Jennifer Hill & Co. at Chas’ Place in Meriden 8 pm

- Steve Broderick and the 100 Watt Suns, James Mauri Four, Chaser Eight at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sat 11/30/13    - Five in the Chamber at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 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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