The Dove and the Wolf bring their new album Conversations home to Philadelphia - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
The Dove and the Wolf | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN

Along with playing their headlining set, The Dove and the Wolf pulled double duty last weekend for their album release at Johnny Brenda’s, serving as the backing band for the opener Michelle Blades. Lou Hayat filled in on bass (which I just learned is “le loup” in French and also means wolf), with Paloma Gil on keys, Brendan Mulvihill on guitar, and Anne Dole on drums, adding to the poppy post-punk feel of Blades’ music. You could tell they were on the last leg of a tour by how effortless and fun the performance seemed. The standout track “Politic!” had the how venue bouncing along while Blaeds’ vocals evoked Devo’s sharp lyrical delivery. Her most recent release Visitor mixes this upbeat aesthetic with some darker, denser accompaniment.

Michelle Blades | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN

On stage next was Shamir, a Philly based genre-blending artist whose music is equal parts D’Angelo, Nirvana, and Prince. Shamir Bailey’s falsetto floats above and cuts through the grunge of the guitar and bass.

Shamir | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN

The Dove and the Wolf closed out the night in a collaboration with each of their openers to highlight songs on their newest album, Conversations. Shamir graced the stage again to add texture to the bands atmospheric harmonies on “Free Around You,” a song the feel like a lazy, comfortable day with your closest friend. Michelle had a longer stint onstage, playing both keys and guitar, which was only fair given who her backing band was. “Growing Apart” has a slow traveling feel to it, which echose its lyrics:

“You’re caught up in your lies
I can see it in your eyes
So I gotta leave this city
To take care of my sanity”

“Queens” has a similar feel, and an awesome music video. The band’s harmonies alone could keep you entertained and intrigued for hours. Add to that their extremely tasteful production and accompaniment from talented musicians and you have a strong but subtle musical force to reckon with. Check out photos from the whole sow in the gallery below.

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