Anne’s Shore & More #119 – Nov 22 2013

Anne’s Shore & More #119 – Nov 22 2013


Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

The upcoming weekend is on the quiet side, as Thanksgiving week approaches. There isn’t a lot going on in New London, but there is a show on Friday night at the Oasis Pub. Pocket Vinyl will be playing, along with special guest James Maple. Pocket Vinyl ( recently released a new album (their third) called “Death Anxiety”, and they are in the middle of their “Super Happy” tour, which began November 1 and ends December 20. They are playing three shows in CT, and then they head to Pennsylvania. Pocket Vinyl normally appears as a duo,with Eric on vocals on piano. Eric’s wife Elizabeth paints on stage during the set, and the one-of-a-kind painting is auctioned off at the end of their set. This time they will add bass and drums to make it a full band show. Their first ever full band show was their CD release, which took place at the Hygienic Galleries in New London in late October. James Maple ( is also on the bill at the Oasis. He’s an indie folk/country  singer/songwriter from Mystic who was nominated for the 2012 CT Music Awards in the “Best Country” and “Best Singer/Songwriter” categories. You might remember him from the band GraveRobbers, but he’s now performing solo, and he’s been touring all over the country to support his “American Dreams” album. Cover is $5, and the show starts around 10:30 pm.

On Saturday night, the MacLean Sisters ( will be releasing their long-awaited album ”Other Side of Loving Me” at the Tamarack Lodge in Voluntown. Twin sisters Rachel and Sarah come from a musical background, with their father Roy Dunn MacLean an accomplished country singer/songwriter. They began performing a few years ago, making multiple appearances with their dad at the Side Pocket Cafe in Groton during the Friday night Blue Collar Happy Hour shows. Both women have amazing voices and they harmonize like only siblings truly can. You really must hear them. In addition, they write great songs. The CD was produced by Jim Carpenter, who also played guitar, banjo, mandolin, and drums. They began working on it about two years ago, so it has been a long time coming, but I have a feeling it will be worth the wait. Other musicians appearing on the album include Corina Malbaurn on bass, Andy Leftwich on fiddle, and Randy Kohrs on dobro. Corina and Jim play in the live band as well. Special guests the Hoolios ( will also be playing, from 8:30 until closing (whenever that might be). Doors open at 6:30, and the MacLean Sisters play first, at 7 pm. Tickets are $10, and don’t forget to bring money for a CD. You are definitely going to want one.  The Tamarack Lodge is located at 21 Ten Rod Road in Voluntown.

There will be a special Sunday afternoon show at the Telegraph in New London, with two New Jersey bands, Lost Romance and Those Mockingbirds. New Brunswick’s Lost Romance ( got together in 2010 and released their first album, “The Light and the Dark”, in September. The band’s indie guitar-driven pop was influenced by such innovators as the Replacements, Husker Du, and the Lemonheads. Expect great melodies and “edgy” guitars from this trio. Those Mockingbirds ( were called “New Jersey’s best-kept secret” by John Agnello, producer of Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. The five-piece band is unsigned, and their influences include Smashing Pumpkins and Supergrass. They released a single called “How to Rob a Bank” about a month ago, and it’s available on iTunes.

This looks to be an excellent show, and  it’s always great when out-of-town bands make a point of stopping in our little city. This is a free show and it starts at 1 pm. All ages are welcome.

Here’s the video for “So Long” by the MacLean Sisters.



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    – Pocket Vinyl, James Maple at the Oasis Pub in New London 10:30 pm

- Goodnight Blue Moon, Great Elk, the Naked Stills at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Dead City Riot, the Little Richards, the Lost Riots, Bragging Rights, Super Scenics at Cherry Street Station in Wallingford 9 pm $5


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

- Before the Holy, the Mendition of the Quay, Your Desire Explode, On A Piranha,When the Deadbolt Breaks at Strange Brew Pub in Norwich (Mike Praytor children trust fund benefit)

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


Sun 11/24/13   – Lost Romance, Those Mockingbirds at the Telegraph in New London 1 pm

- Secret Parts, Outta Gas, Gum at  at Willimantic Records in Willimantic 6 pm


Mon 11/25/13 – Catalina Gonzalez, Palestar, Ben Erickson, Zach Andersen 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    – Black Friday at the Telegraph in New London with Violent Mae, The CBYD Trio, Toy Soldiers, Lysbeth Guillorn, more tba 2-10 pm ALL AGES, FREE

- Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters, ReVibe at the Bulkeley House in New London 9 pm

- Agnelli & Rave, Ebin-Rose, The Lichter Brothers, The Meadows 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    - Heap, the 3-Pack (Peter, Tom, and Hugh) at the Six String Cafe in New London (former Bank Street Cafe) 9:30 pm

- The Friendly Ghost, Revibe, Catfish Phillips, Llama Tsunami at the German Club in Mystic 7 pm ALL AGES $7

- Lys Guillorn, Conor Dotay at Willimantic Records in Willimantic 3 pm

- Five in the Chamber, Amanda Gregg, Chris Wuerth Duo at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Tue 12/3/13     – Ramblin’ Dan Stevens at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7:30 pm NO COVER


Wed 12/4/13   – Grandchildren, Snake Oil at BAR in New Haven 10 pm NO COVER


Thu 12/5/13    – The Hoolios (acoustic) at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- The Dialtones, the Royal Swindle at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Fri 12/6/13      - Hoot For Hunger at the Six String Cafe (former Bank Street Cafe) in New London with SheSaidHeSaid, more TBA 7-10 pm

- Anna Thompson at Nightingale’s Acoustic Cafe in Old Lyme

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

- The Melodic, Bird Courage, Vikesh Kapoor at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sat 12/7/13      – The Throttles, Lynette and the Longshots at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sun 12/8/13    – Donna the Buffalo at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 7 pm

- Phil Rosenthal 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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