Hey! Happy Hump Day. How about a triple-shot of local performance vids?
* Up first is true-blue trad-country crooner Sturgill Simpson, who stopped by Seattle's KEXP studio back in October with his first-rate band of pickers and grinners. Simpson & Co.'s performance was posted earlier this month, and you can watch that above. Songs include two covers (Lefty Frizzell's "I Never Go Around Mirrors" and Osborne Brothers' "Listening to the Rain") as well as two tunes from last year's excellent High Top Mountain ("Poor Rambler" and "Railroad of Sin"). Good, good shit. Give that a look.
* Well, like we said again and again, Nashville party-punk sextet Diarrhea Planet took over Austin during SXSW. Sneaker manufacturers and "lifestyle company" Converse — who, as we've recently seen, love to dip into the rock 'n' roll scene — filmed the Planeteers playing a couple of songs down Texas way, and you can watch the performance after the jump. Tunes include "Babyhead" (which the boys recently unveiled their genuinely wonderful video for) and "Separations." So dig your heels in.
* And finally, speaking of shoes and rock bands, Small Batch Presents ("a video series that invites musicians and artisans/craftsmen to support each other within a community") recently filmed a Kopecky Family Band performance at local shoe-makin' spot Nisolo. The Kopecks played their tune "Are You Listening," and you can watch the video (about half of which is about Nisolo) after the jump.