Reverb: Nuns of Brixton, Gestapo Pussy Ranch @Bender’s Tavern, September 24th, 2010

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Nuns of Brixton, a Clash tribute band in full convent regalia, played Bender's Tavern in front of a rapt crowd last Friday night (Photo:Michael McGrath, denverpost.com/reverb)

Reverb: Nuns of Brixton, Gestapo Pussy Ranch @Bender’s Tavern, September 24th, 2010

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Nuns of Brixton, a Clash tribute band in full convent regalia, played Bender's Tavern in front of a rapt crowd last Friday night (Photo:Michael McGrath, denverpost.com/reverb)

Nuns of Brixton, a Clash tribute band in full convent regalia, played Bender's Tavern in front of a rapt crowd last Friday night (Photo:Michael McGrath, denverpost.com/reverb)

Having seen Jim Yelenick in his other bands — the hardcore Pitch Invasion and the hilarious acousti-punk Sputnik Slovenia — I figured I’d seen the gamut of his personas, and loved them all. But none topped his loose adaptation of Joe Strummer in a full nun habit, wildly leading a packed house through a litany of the best tunes from the Clash. Yelenick fronted local quintet the Nuns of Brixton (a Clash tribute band) last night at Bender’s Tavern and put on a simultaneously heroic and hilarious show — all in full convent uniform.

The Clash, a.k.a. “The Only Band That Matters,” has forever topped my live dream list. I’m a bit skeptical of tribute bands, so I was prepared to take in a mediocre show at best, but I knew I’d enjoy just being a part of the nostalgia.

Read the entire review, and see more of Michael McGrath’s phots at

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