You’re sooo good-looking: The Handsome Family
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.