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Anne Castellano & the Smoke at 33

Published November 07. 2013 4:00AM

Anne Castellano established herself as a force on the New London rock scene through a modern spin on timeless power pop songwriting - and for a solo show that featured her playing electric guitar over drum machine rhythms.

While successful and charming, the quality and style of the material seemed to demand a full band and rainbow harmonies. Castellano formed the Smoke, featuring lead guitarist/vocalist Vince Tuckwood, drummer/vocalist/sibling Tony Castellano and bassist/vocalist Dorian James.

The band gelled instantly and provided the requisite fireworks and dynamics the songs demanded. After road-testing her catalog, they recorded a 13-song CD called "Electric." Great stuff. With new bassist Bruce Brown, they celebrate Friday with a CD release party at New London's 33. Tuckwood's other group, Monkey68, and Street People appear in support.

- RICK KOSTER

Anne Castellano & the Smoke,

9:30 p.m. Friday, 33, 33 Golden St., New London; CD release party for "Electric"; $5; (860) 443-1193.

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