The Dove & The Wolf
Johnny Brenda's Presents

The Dove & The Wolf

Performers:
The Dove & The Wolf
The Dove & The Wolf
Shamir
Michelle Blades
$12.00
Ages 21+
The Dove & The Wolf with Shamir, Michelle Blades at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia
  • Doors 8pm
  • Michelle Blades 9pm
  • Shamir 10pm
  • The Dove & The Wolf 11pm

The Dove and The Wolf want to talk. Really talk. More than just getting-to-know you stuff. To discuss your bad habits. To consider emotional starvation. To examine the intricacies of falling in love. The French-American duo of Lou Hayat and Paloma Gil grew up an ocean apart, yet finish each other’s sentences, complete each other’s songs. “We're both Geminis,” Gil says, “the most social sign.” So they continue to talk — about you, about me, about each other. After all, there’s a reason the act is therapeutic.

While society remains starved for genuine contact, unable to forge connections in times of disagreement, The Dove and The Wolf want to inspire correspondence with their debut album Conversations, out May 3. Co-produced by the band and Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs, the collection is a meditation on late-night chats, revelatory breakthroughs, and disagreements — the verbal tango into which we willingly bind ourselves.

The duo’s 15-year friendship is what binds the band sonically and thematically. How they can turn to one another to talk through problems, to better understand life through discussion. Even as an ocean once again separate Hayat — who lives in Nashville — and Gil — who returned to Paris after half a decade in Philadelphia — conversations are what anchor the band to reality.

The Dove and The Wolf are ready to include an audience in their conversations, to welcome fresh perspectives on evolving memories. Because conversations are a two-way street, unlike the illusion of social media’s one-sided narratives. Hayat and Gil want to be active participants in your life; they want to give you their stories so you can make them yours.

Shamir is Shamir and remains Shamir through and through, no matter what the universe puts him through. You may know the singularly named artist (think - Madonna or Cher) from his 2015 debut hit record Rachet, beloved by NPR listeners and club kids alike. After quickly rising to underground fame with his Northtown EP in 2014, the DIY popstar made a sonic splash with Rachet’s lead single, “On The Regular,” a poppy banger that had extensive commercial usage. He had made an appearance on Stephen Colbert, closed a stage at Coachella and toured with Duran Duran & Troy Sivane all before being of legal drinking age. But how to follow all that up? Shamir, who came from the dusty dunes of Las Vegas, to Brooklyn’s Silent Barn, to the Philly indie scene (and all over the world in between), wanted to go back to what had inspired him from the beginning. Outsider music, country and punk. Raw and vulnerable tunes, stripped down to their emotional core. 2017’s Revelations explored a new avenue of guitar driven hooky indie rock and was widely critically praised in the US and overseas.

Shamir’s most recent releases, the brilliant Room 7” on Father/Daughter, and his self-released limited edition album, Resolution, are pinnacles in the catalog of the increasingly fascinating artist’s career. Room and its b-side Caballero celebrate Shamir’s love of country music, while Resolution is a deeply introspective look into the fabric of society and the artists’ own mind. With these two releases he has refined his craft exponentially and done so in less than six months from the release of Revelations.

Michelle is a Mexican-Panamanian artist (raised in Miami, spent some lovely years in Arizona & currently residing in Paris) forever experimenting with sound.

Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125