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Moonpies

Mike and the Moonpies

Saturday, May 25, Pub Station Taproom, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $15 plus applicable fees.

When frontman Mike Harmeier sang “they don’t make ’em like they used to” at the start of Mike and the Moonpies' last studio album “Mockingbird,” it wasn’t the idle complaint of an armchair country music critic: It was a self-imposed challenge, answered by Harmeier and the rest of his band of young but stage-hardened, old-soul honky-tonkers, to do something about it.

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“The idea was, if I walked into a bar with my dad or grandfather, I wanted the album to sound like the stuff that I would play on a jukebox,” says the 33-year-old songwriter, who started Mike and the Moonpies not long after moving to Austin from his native Houston a decade ago.

The reaction was pretty grand, too, with Rolling Stone Country picking "Mockingbird" as one of the genre’s best albums of the year.

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