Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Walkmen at Union Transfer, Grimace Federation at Kung Fu Necktie, The Cobbs at Johnny Brenda’s, David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket at The Colonial Theatre

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Philly / New York rockers The Walkmen headline tonight at Union Transfer.  Replacing a canceled October show, the local favorites return to Philly in support of 2012′s Heaven.  In an effort to take the album in a new direction, the band brought in producer Phil Ek for a fresh sound.  The ambition paid off, with Heaven being named Magnet’s number one album of 2012 and the title track landing at spot #56 on XPN’s Top 200 Songs Countdown.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah can be found here.  Below, watch The Walkmen’s video for “Heaven.”

Grimace Federation‘s residency returns to Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  The “blisscore” outfit will be hosting their Popular Science evenings on the second Friday of each month beginning with tonight’s show featuring Sonkin, Wheez-IE, Yikes the Zero and Binary Bits.  In 2011 Grimace Federation stopped by for a Key Studio Session, recording a slew of songs following the release of On Velvet.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here; watch the video for “Ghosts In a Mirror” below and download the track for free here.

Local rock group The Cobbs breaks a long silence, opening for JJL tonight at Johnny Brenda’s.  Formed by brothers Ryan and Paul Cobb, the local five-piece has toured and recorded with BRMC and Kasabian.  Their spacey, dark brand of rock was lightened up a bit with melodic pop hooks on their most recent release, 2006′s The Cobbs Sing the Death Capades, which you can stream in full here (and grab a free download of “Say You Never Knew Me” here).  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with JJL and Mark Feehan can be found on XPN’s Concert Calendar.  Below, watch the video for The Cobbs’ song “Hold On.”

David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket is at it again, this time celebrating the release of a new track at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville.  The “Essential Songs of Philadelphia” coalition, started by Hooters drummer Uosikkinen, chose to record The American Dream’s “I Ain’t Searching” this time around, taking the 1970 single to new heights with Hooters singer / guitarist Eric Bazilian, Smash Palace’s Steve Butler and singer-songwriter Cliff Hills.  Tickets and information for the show can be found here.  Below, watch the behind-the-scenes video for the song directed by Steve Acito.

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