The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family

Enter the dark forest of The Handsome Family and let the beautiful branches surround you. This is haunting music in the most wonderful way— brilliant, emotionally-charged and totally unique. The Handsome Family is a 20-year songwriting collaboration between husband and wife, Brett (music) and Rennie Sparks (words). May 2013 brings the release of The Handsome Family's "Wilderness." Their lyrics and music are very intense, highly descriptive and full of meticulously-researched narrative and exhilarating musical re-imaginings of everything from Appalachian holler, psychedelic rock, Tin Pan Alley and medieval ballad. Of course you don't have to be a music historian to love these songs. They are full of romantic longing for nature's mysterious beauty and the tiny wonders of everyday life. They pair sweet melody with sad harmony, love poetry with dark beats. This is music that makes you shiver and cry, but also makes you happy to be alive.
The Handsome Family's music and lyricism has always attracted intellectual and devoted fans. Their songs are frequently covered by many notable artists including Jeff Tweedy, Andrew Bird, Kelly Hogan and Christy Moore. Their work has garnered praise from Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and an unnamed singer on American Idol.
The band has appeared in the movie I'm Your Man, a tribute to Leonard Cohen and Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, a back roads travelogue of arcane Americana music. They have appeared on numerous Irish TV shows as well as Jools' Hollands' Later.
A live review by Mike Ritchie in The Scotsman noted, "There's a lot of smiling at this gig, on and off stage. That might surprise many people who have only read about the duo's penchant for songs riddled with darkness, death and the macabre. But Rennie Sparks and her husband, Brett, are funny live…through their chit-chat, the song introductions and the banter with the audience…this sell-out show was a knockabout celebration of the deadpan, a real joy… Rennie's words plus Brett's music and strong, mellow vocals create a magical potion of grim fairytales in a rock and blues pot with grinning unavoidable."

Laundry Day

Laundry Day are a band who write songs about humans, cats and mac and cheese. Formed by four friends going through their own kinds of personal horror, at first they existed more as support group than musical project. Appropriately enough, they formed as a one-off opener to fill an empty slot on a local bill. But their practices, equally devoted to emotional support and lazy slack-rock songs, were too creative to deny. These circumstances seem like a recipe for sad new-wave bleating, but the hour before rehearsal talking about the pain of daily existence drained all traces of overbearing seriousness out of their music. The songs that emerged are a reminder of that time before college rock became indie rock, driven forward by a desire to take everything as seriously and unseriously as possible. In the last year Laundry Day have shared bills with Infinity Girl, You Won't Ovlov, Kal Marks, Jerrfery Lewis, Mal Blum, The Whigs and more. Laundry Day are Alexa Ambrose, Alex Burnet, Sam Carlson and Kuki Kooks.


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