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Tonight’s Concert Picks: SZA at The Fillmore, The Dove and The Wolf at Parks on Tap, Curtis Cooper at Little Italy PHL and more

SZA | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
SZA | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

After a few years of mixtapes, guest spots and EPs, singer and songwriter SZA made her full-length label debut this year with CTRL, and it is glorious. Beginning with an R&B base, she layers on elements of downbeat electronic music, atmospheric rap and rock for a wholly unique and captivating listening experience. Check out the video for “Love Galore” below and get tickets and information on SZA’s show tonight at The Fillmore Philadelphia at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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XPN Fest Recap: The Dove and the Wolf eases the morning in with breezy, atmospheric vibes

The Dove and the Wolf | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

After the hoot of a time that was XPN Fest Day One, I arrived this morning more than a little sleepy and armed with a large cup o’ joe. I was very ready to hunker down in the lawn for the first set of the day, but as soon as Philly duo, The Dove and the Wolf‘s captivating atmospheric, sounds echoed out in the crowd, I knew there was no chance of me sitting for this one.

The Parisian-turned-Philly duo of Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat-Camard were practically heaven-sent to start off the second day of the weekend, as everything about the group drips floaty, breezy vibes; fitting as a wonderfully ideal match for easing in this morning of tunes. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Dove and The Wolf at Spruce Street Harbor Park, and more.

The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist
The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist

If Lucius and The War on Drugs got together, the result would be The Dove & the Wolf. The tight harmonies, soulful songwriting, and expansive sound that the duo have created can be heard tonight at Spruce Street Harbor Park‘s free summer concert series, happening every Thursday and featuring some of our favorite Philly artists. The Dove & the Wolf re-released their sophomore record I Don’t Know What to Feel in March, making their label debut with Fat Possum Records. Check out the Philadelphia-via-Paris group’s recent interview and preview of a new track on Dan Drago’s 25 O’Clock Podcast. They will also be performing at the XPoNential Music Fest in July. For more information on tonight’s show, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Dove and the Wolf talk life in Paris and play a new song on 25 O’Clock

The Dove & the Wolf | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Dan Drago’s 25 O’Clock Podcast has long been a favorite listen for us here at The Key. Now on its 73rd episode, the podcast frequently features guests from all over scene, diving deeper into their life than we can see from the surface. Over the years, Philly music’s finest has been a consistent presence on the pod, the latest guest being Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat-Camard of The Dove and the Wolf. Continue reading →

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The Dove and The Wolf slow it down on EP outtake “Motion Sickness”

The Dove and The Wolf | photo courtesy of the artist
The Dove and The Wolf | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly duo The Dove and The Wolf have successfully escaped the grey Northeast winter vibes that hit our city today; they’re down in Austin for the next several days, playing the #AmplifyPhilly showcase tonight doing the whole industry showcase thing for the next few days before heading out on an EU tour with Jens Lekman.

The other great news for the band, of course, is that they’re now on Fat Possum Records, and their debut EP I Don’t Know What To Feel reissues on March 24th via the label, with a couple bonus tracks that weren’t on its original release. We’ve got one of them for you to listen to today.
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The Districts, Son Little, Good Girl, The Dove and The Wolf and more to play #AmplifyPhilly SXSW showcase

The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

For the third year running, the Philly music scene has its own SXSW showcase on 6th Street in Austin. This year’s #AmplifyPhilly party, co-sponsored by the City as well as the folks from RecPhilly, takes place March 14th, 2017 — the second night of SXSW — at Buffalo Billiards, with a headlining performance from rock and roll force of nature The Districts.

Also on the lineup is electro-rock / soul soundscaper Son Little, eclectic pop visionary Bilal and dynamic R&B four-piece Good Girl. Philly / LA artist Julian King joins the lineup as well, along with breezy indie poppers Queen of Jeans and spacey folk duo The Dove and The Wolf; between sets, DJ Aktive spins.  Continue reading →

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Listen to The Dove and the Wolf’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye”

The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist
The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist

Cover songs often pose a tricky predicament. Do you stay as close to the original as you can? Completely transform the song into your own?  It’s very risky territory, especially when covering a song by a legend like Leonard Cohen.  But all this didn’t hinder Philly-based indie pop duo, The Dove and the Wolf, from taking the leap and covering Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye.”  And I’m super glad it didn’t, because Paloma Gill and Lou Hayat-Camard’s take on the sweet and simple folk tune is a beautiful gem of a cover. Continue reading →

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The Dove and The Wolf sign to Fat Possum Records, release a stunning new video for “Seven Days”

The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist
The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist

Exciting news for one of our favorite Philly bands of late: The Dove and The Wolf, the atmospheric pop duo of Paloma Gil and Lou Hayat, signed to Fat Possum Records. The label will re-release the band’s 2016 debut EP I Don’t Know What To Feel on March 24th, and the band just released a new music video for its stunning centerpiece, “Seven Days,” a mesmerizing, meditative song written in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the Bataclan theater in their hometown Paris. Continue reading →

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The Districts and The Dove and the Wolf covered Leonard Cohen, Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra

The Districts and The Dove and the Wolf | still from video
The Districts and The Dove and the Wolf | still from video

Philly rockers The Districts settled in for the weekend at Johnny Brenda’s to kick off a late fall tour of intimate venues. The whole run of shows sold out very quickly, and last night’s gig in particular was filled with immense amounts of awesome. Not the least of which were six songs from the new record we’re hoping to hear from The Districts in 2017.

Song titles included “Violet,” “Rattling of the Heart,” “Night Time Girls,” “Point,” “Ordinary Day” and “If Before I Wake,” and we’ll have more on them when our Jeremy Zimmerman reviews night one of the series later this week. Suffice it to say, the songs are varied, big and bold, and frontman Rob Grote’s voice soars in a way we haven’t heard from him before…very exciting stuff.

For today, we’ll focus on another bit of awesome from the weekend: collabs and covers. Continue reading →