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Mike and the Moonpies
Adam Kurtz19/25

Mike and the Moonpies

There wasn't a more authentically Austin, Texas, experience to be had during SXSW than seeing Mike and the Moonpies play a midnight show at the White Horse. Mike Harmeier and his band once held down a weekly residency at the East Austin saloon, and as Friday night turned to Saturday morning they were in their honky-tonking element, playing crisp, clean and purposefully, as though someone had loaded up a jukebox. You might've even mistaken Harmeier, in his Stetson and jean jacket, for a young Dwight Yoakam, but even he got a little lost in the moment. "Welcome to fucking White Horse," he said. "Holy shit!" J.G.

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