Showbiz Sandbox 229: Making South by Southwest A Family Affair

March 18, 2014


Countless bands long to play at South by Southwest, the music festival that takes place in Austin, Texas every March. The event has grown into an important showcases for undiscovered, unsigned and fast rising artists. The Family Crest, an indie rock band from San Francisco, is one of the buzzworthy acts that played at this year’s SxSW. Liam McCormick, the group’s songwriter and founding member, joins us to discuss what it’s being officially invited to play at such a prestigious festival.

In an in-depth conversation, McCormick walks us through how The Family Crest has managed to follow through on all the necessary achievements modern bands strive for in search of success; they’ve funded two albums via Kickstarter which feature hundreds of musicians, they’re signed to an indie record label and NPR is touting the group’s music, which of course can be easily found on all the popular streaming services. On top of all that, television series and advertising campaigns have begun licensing their music.

Much like The Family Crest, Disney is doing quite well for itself these days, at least when it comes to Broadway. What’s surprising is that it isn’t one of the company’s hot new productions that’s the highest grossing production on the Great White Way, but rather “The Lion King”, which opened 16 years ago. It’s all thanks to the new trend of dynamic ticket pricing. We’ll explain.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including why the NFL is suing M.I.A., Amazon prepares to enter the streaming music business, and “Big Bang Theory” gets renewed for three whole seasons.


The Family Crest’s Website

The Family Crest’s “Beneath The Brine”….

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Paramount Denies Report That Pope Canceled Meeting With ‘Noah’s’ Russell Crowe

Warner Bros. Licenses CW’s ‘The 100’ Exclusively to Netflix Canada

NFL Now Demands $16.6 Million Over M.I.A.’s Super Bowl Middle Finger

Digital Now 30% of Revenue at Hachette

CBS Sets Mega 3-Season Renewal for ‘The Big Bang Theory’

Amazon Working on Music-Streaming Service….

Emmys: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ to Compete as a Comedy

Ticket Pricing Puts ‘Lion King’ Atop Broadway’s Circle of Life