You’re sooo good-look­ing: The Hand­some Fam­ily

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An un­nerv­ing mad­ness in­fuses the mur­der bal­lads of The Hand­some Fam­ily, a hus­ban­dand-wife duo who have been play­ing a gothic style of Amer­i­cana to­gether since the early 1990s. Brett Sparks writes the mu­sic and Ren­nie Sparks writes the lyrics, and when they re­lo­cated from Chicago to Al­bu­querque in 2001, Ren­nie be­gan in­clud­ing im­agery of me­sas and poi­son cre­osote in her tales of sad­ness and men­ace. “Far From Any Road,” a song from 2003’s Singing Bones, was used as the theme song for the 2014 sea­son of

True De­tec­tive on HBO. The two play at the Jean Cocteau Cin­ema (418 Mon­tezuma Ave.) on Sun­day, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. Tick­ets are $15 (www.jean­cocteaucin­ema.com). — J.L.

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