Tag Archives: The Clash

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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

Denver Post Reverb!


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High-flying antics are in store when Lucha Libre Mexicana comes to the UMS! (Photo: giantbomb.com)

The UMS, Day 3 – So many bands, so little time! More pre-kus from DenverThread

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The UMS enters day 3! With more to see and hear than ever, look here for your DenverThread Pre-kus!

The UMS enters day 3! With more to see and hear than ever, look here for your DenverThread Pre-kus!

Now that we’ve got two, fat and sassy days of the Underground Music Showcase under our belts, the real monster is being unleashed. This weekend, as in festivals past, begins the real UMS proper, and there are more bands, artists, venues, drinks and awesome food today than both of the previous two days combined!

Today also brings out the two-day visit of Lucha Libre Mexicana – a wonderful experience by any standards – in the Groove Automotive Stage at 3:45 & 5:15. If you haven’t seen the masked luchadores before – don’t dare miss this act! You’ll definitely regret it. . . .

As always, here are some preview haikus – or “pre-kus” – for DenverThread recommendations for Day 3:

High-flying antics are in store when Lucha Libre Mexicana comes to the UMS! (Photo: giantbomb.com)

High-flying antics are in store when Lucha Libre Mexicana comes to the UMS! (Photo: giantbomb.com)

Lucha Libre Mexicana – 3:45 & 5:15 PM @ Groove Automotive Stage

Haiku:

A fantastic move,

the two-legged, all-in drop

kick shatters his mask!

RIYL: Wild, fast paced wrestling with a latino flare, think Jack Black’s “Nacho Libre,” on steroids, and watch out for sweat, spit and blood!

Slakjaw brings its own, Denver-drenched brand of alcoholic jugband blues to the Irish Rover this afternoon.

Slakjaw brings its own, Denver-drenched brand of alcoholic jugband blues to the Irish Rover this afternoon.

Slakjaw – 4:00 PM @ the Irish Rover

Haiku:

That fingerless glove,

soaked in whiskey and bloodied,

is my handkerchief.

RIYL: Tom Waits, 32-20 Jug Band, Denver Gentlemen, listening to drunken tales of heartbreak alongside a smoldering oil can fire.

Snake Rattle Rattle Snake - this year's UMS poll #1 band - play two shows today and Sunday. (Photo: Sarah Slater)

Snake Rattle Rattle Snake - this year's UMS poll #1 band - play two shows today and Sunday. (Photo: Sarah Slater)

Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – 7:30 PM @ Cartoys Stage @ Goodwill Parking Lot

Haiku:

Fog curling around

your feet might just as well be

electric jell-o.

RIYL: Grace Slick, Joy Division, dark psychedelic rock, a lost weekend magic mushroom binge

Maraca Five-0 have reunited this year to bring the sound of surf - and so much more - back to these shores. (Photo: MySpace)

Maraca Five-0 have reunited this year to bring the sound of surf - and so much more - back to these shores. (Photo: MySpace)

Maraca Five-0 – 8:00 PM @ 3 Kings Tavern

Haiku:

Open, desolate

desert highway, and the rock

is all in my dreams.

RIYL: Dick Dale, The Astronauts, Link Wray, pauses in high-speed chases behind burned out gas stations, miles from anywhere, and you’ve only got one smoke left. . .

Murder Ranks offers a brilliant brand of homegrown dancehall and punk/dub. (Photo: MySpace)

Murder Ranks offers a brilliant brand of homegrown dancehall and punk/dub. (Photo: MySpace)

Murder Ranks – 10:00 PM @ 3 Kings Tavern

Haiku:

What looks like dried blood

on the dancehall floor, turns out

to be spilled sloe gin.

RIYL: The Clash (Especially Sandinista era), Yellowman, Ranking Joe, searing, sex-charged and homegrown dancehall dub


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Billy Bragg teams up with “Clash”-ers Mick Jones & Topper Headon for “Jail Guitar Doors”

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Topper, Mick and Billy - together for rock and rehab! (photo: Tom Sheehan/J.G.D.)

Topper, Mick and Billy - together for rock and rehab! (photo: Tom Sheehan/J.G.D.)

For the first time in nearly three decades, Mick Jones and Topper Headon, from The Clash, the only band that ever mattered, have reunited in the studio. Along with Billy Bragg, the boys have formed a trio to record a version of The Clash’s 1977 punk rock hit “Jail Guitar Doors” to help raise funds for a charity to support prisoner rehabilitation named after the song.

The charity aims to provide inmates with musical instruments to learn and create with during their incarceration, to help with rehabilitation. Backed by a band of former inmates, the trio recorded the song in Steve Barnard’s (ex- of Mescaleros) studio, and was filmed as part the film “Breaking Rocks,” an upcoming documentary about the program.

The Clash's Mick Jones. (Photo: Alan Miles/J.G.D.)

The Clash's Mick Jones. (Photo: Alan Miles/J.G.D.)

Check out this video clip, below. The whole idea gives a new, refreshing and hopeful slant to “Jailhouse Rock!”

And who’s not about to jump out of their skins in excitement after seeing such a triumvirate of punk rock together in the studio?


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