True Detective Found Handsome Family

“For HBO’s new critically acclaimed miniseries, True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as Louisiana sleuths, and New Mexico-based Americana band the Handsome Family, it is a marriage made in heaven (or hell?). True Detective is a dark, Gothic crime anthology about occult murders that has become HBO’s highest-rated series debut since 2010. The Handsome Family’s lyrics and songs are equally twisted and melancholic; it is no wonder True Detective found the Handsome Family.”

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The Handsome Family Fall Tour w/ Andrew Bird, Mary Gauthier, and Wildewood

8 Nov – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset Tavern #
9 Nov – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #
10 Nov – Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond’s Garage #
12 Nov – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord #
13 Nov – Berkeley, CA @ Freight & Salvage %
14 Nov – Davis, CA @ Mondavi Center ^
15 Nov – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Rio Theatre ^
16 Nov – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Rio Theatre ^
18 Nov – Arcata, CA @ Humboldt State University ^
19 Nov – Chico, CA @ Cal State Chico ^
21 Nov – Santa Barbara, CA @ UC Santa Barbara ^
22 Nov – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg 

# – Wildewood
% – Mary Gauthier
^ – Andrew Bird

Neko Case loves The Handsome Family

In the latest installment of’s “5-10-15-20” Neko Case gives a shout out to The Handsome Family, and their role in her move to Chicago at the age of 30.

“I moved to Chicago when I was 30, and I was listening to the Handsome Family a lot. I wasn’t finding an embracing music scene in Seattle, and Chicago had a community feeling that reminded me of Canada. I had a job animating shadows for animated commercials—like the Trix Rabbit—which was awesome. I colored things in on a computer and did pencil tests. I was doing the manual labor of the animation. I’m proud to have done it. That’s the last day job I ever had.

I didn’t think I was a musician until I was about 32, probably—it’s such a sacred thing to me that I didn’t feel worthy of calling myself that. But then I realized I didn’t have any day jobs because I had to quit them all because I was on tour all the time. When tax time came, I thought, “I’m paying taxes as a musician, so I think I can call myself one.”

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