Song of the Day: “Nothing Is Never Enough” by Mensa Deathsquad

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Mensa Deathsquad (Photo courtesy Reyebee Inc.)

Brandon Phillips laid in a Kansas City hospital through the winter of 2019-2020 as his own album release (the unintentionally but appropriately named Patient Zero by his alt-synthwave band Mensa Deathsquad) passed by in the outside world.

But you can now check out “Nothing Is Never Enough,” the latest single by Mensa Deathsquad.

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Live Review: Samantha Fish @ The Birchmere — 10/19/20

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Samantha Fish performs at The Birchmere on Oct. 19, 2020. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

I wasn’t sure what the experience of a concert would be like when I attended my first show since early March at The Birchmere on Monday evening. I knew that the concert hall would be a half-capacity, sold out for blues guitarist extraordinaire and singer-songwriter Samantha Fish. But I wasn’t sure what kind of energy such a crowd would generate.

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Livestream Preview: Michael McDonald @ Mandolin, 9/30/20

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Michael McDonald (Photo by Timothy White)

Singer/songwriter and five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald performs live online for Home Alone: A Special Solo Concert on Sept. 30.

Michael plays songs from his time with The Doobie Brothers, as well as his solo career and select cover songs.

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Live Review: Samantha Fish @ 9:30 Club — 12/17/19

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Samantha Fish performs at 9:30 Club on Dec. 17, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Making her second appearance this year in the DMV, ace guitar slinger Samantha Fish tore it up at her first appearance at the 9:30 Club recently. (This summer, she led off a bill at Wolf Trap with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the legendary Buddy Guy.) With a bevy of guitars at her disposal, the blueswoman heavily featured songs from her new LP, Kill or Be Kind.

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Preview: Samantha Fish w/ Nicholas David @ 9:30 Club, 12/17/19

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Samantha Fish (Photo courtesy Paradigm Talent Agency)

Samantha Fish released Kill or Be Kind, her latest studio album, earlier this year on Rounder Records. The Kansas City blues guitarist followed that up with a pair of Christmas covers recently — “Run Run Rudolph” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” She drops by 9:30 Club with Nicholas David for her biggest DC show yet on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

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Live Review: Danielle Nicole @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 3/3/19

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Danielle Nicole (Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)

The Pearl Street Warehouse has a tradition of great blues shows. In November, they hosted hill country bluesman Cedric Burnside, a 2019 Grammy nominee for Best Traditional Blues Album, and ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons, touring in support of a solo blues-rock project. Last June, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Booker T. Jones, famous for his blues classics, stopped by.

Continuing this tradition, critically-acclaimed blues musician Danielle Nicole and her band took over the Pearl Street Warehouse Sunday evening.

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Music Park: Samantha Fish @ The Birchmere — 10/22/18

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Samantha Fish performs at The Birchmere on Oct. 22, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Somewhere on the hallowed ground between Etta James and Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Robert Johnson, Samantha Fish is staking out her own territory. This sassy-sweet guitar slinger with a voice that both purrs and growls continues to make the claim that she stands with giants, as well. A packed, standing-room Monday night crowd at The Birchmere would no doubt agree.

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Snapshots: Samantha Fish @ The Hamilton — 6/6/18

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Blues singer-songerwriter Samantha Fish dropped by The Hamilton recently for a rocking show after a productive year! Last year, Samantha released two albums — Chills & Fever and Belle of the West — via Ruf Records. She played a mess of songs from those albums and more, and Nate Payne captured some photos of the Kansas City musician in action.

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