Category Archives: Press

Good Day Austin features Mike and the Moonpies

A few weeks ago we were featured on local Fox News program Good Day Austin. Check us out!

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Band Review: The Loop Scoop (Houston)

Thanks to Paul over at The Loop Scoop in Houston for the nice words about us along with our friends The Happen Ins from the show at Rudyard’s last weekend.

Check out the review in it’s entirety here.

Album Review: Austin360 Austin Music Source

A big thank you to local reviewer Alex Daniel for the kind words in a write up about the band’s new release ‘The Real Country’:

‘The brand of country on “The Real Country,” the debut album from Mike and the Moonpies, is extremely adaptable. Some of the music, like the steady blues bounce of “Water on the Rocks” or the relaxed Southern sway of “Matrimony,” call for cordial two-stepping in an upscale dance hall. But if you were to hear the twangy romp of the title track’s steel guitar riffs at, say, the band’s Aug. 12 gig at the Mohawk, you couldn’t help spilling your Lone Star before you scuttled across the dance floor.
It’s fitting, then, that the Moonpies feel at home all over town. They’re in their element among the rough-edged rock elites on Red River, but they also held the release party for “The Real Country” at the historic Continental Club, and they’re veterans of the tiny Drag dive the Hole in the Wall. Ultimately, “The Real Country” is exactly what it claims to be — Texas country for Texans, played straight from the heart of Texas.’

Hope to see you all at the Mohawk on August 12!

Band Write-Up on Texas Music Matters.

A big thank you to Austin Music Minute critic Laurie Gallardo for giving Mike and the Moonpies a great blurb on the day of the big CD Release Bash at Continental Club.

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‘It’s true that I, your most humble Austin Music Minute maven, Laurie Gallardo, have bragged about Mike and The Moonpies before. I’ve enthusiastically shared a few tracks from their EPs, Lyin’ (2008) and one of my faves Catalina (2009), on previous segments. They specialize in some delectable roots music that puts a pang in the hearts of those of us who prefer their country old school. Moonpies frontman Mike Harmeier has a twang that’s right at home in any honky-tonk, but the guys are just as much at home at an indie venue as they are in any two-stepping dance hall.

The Moonpies have their first full-length album most aptly titled The Real Country, ten tracks chock full of that genuine country-western vibe. (One in particular quickly became my fave – “Fish In A Barrel,” featuring guest vocals by Jenn Miori.) They’re celebrating the release with a show tonight at The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave. And I’m happy to say that this show is another one of those sweet triple bills that I fall in love with rather quickly – grimy bluegrass masters with an Appalachia/punk rawk twist, The Flatcar Rattlers, and singer-songwriter/sweet balladeer with a drawl that never fails to carry me back for more, Leo Rondeau. Everything gets underway around 10 p.m.

This one comes recommended. Get you some beers and take care of business.

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Hope to see you all tonight!

‘The Real Country’ Album Available Worldwide!

It’s official: Mike and the Moonpies first full length album, “The Real Country” is now available for purchase in Austin at Waterloo, Antone’s Records and Cheapo’s! For those unfortunate souls who don’t live in Austin, you can buy it online at Amazon and other digital outlets (ask us, we’ll list em) on Thursday.

Here’s an even better idea, pick up a copy on Thursday at the Continental Club CD Release party with Flatcar Rattlers and Leo Rondeau!!!

Mike and the Moonpies on KVRX Local Live.

Last night, Mike and the Moonpies performed live on UT Student Radio KVRX weekly program Local Live followed by an interview with frontman Mike Harmeier.

For those of you who missed the performance, you can catch it again in video form on Local Live’s rebroadcast this Friday (July 23) at 9pm on Texas Student Television, on Channel 16 Time Warner and Channel 29 Digital Antenna.

Matthew and Marie of Lonestarters Review the Band

The soon-to-be-married couple, Matthew and Marie of Lonestarters, have a great blog charting their adventures here in Austin, where they’ve recently relocated.

They came across a taping of our Live from the Plaza performance at City Hall and decided to come check us out. We’ll let them do the talking from here, you can check out the entire post here.

Thank you Matthew and Marie and welcome to Austin!