The Dove & The Wolf, Shamir, Michelle Blades, Philadelphia, May 25, 2019

Celebrating the release of Conversations, the debut album from the Dove & The Wolf, carried a sweet ache—not so much because the band’s no longer based in Philly, but because its luxurious harmonies portend heartbreak almost every time.

Michelle Blades and Shamir, who shone in their own opening sets at Johnny Brenda’s, joined the Dove & the Wolf for some of the most emotional songs of the night, with Shamir’s delicate quaver adding depth to “Free Around You” and Blades bringing her excellent guitar work to “Growing Apart” and “Queens.”

—M.J. Fine; photos by Chris Sikich

Michelle Blades