The Glowing Stars

We are an 8-bit indie rock band based in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA.

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We had the pleasure of meeting with East Bay Express Music Editor Rachel Swan last weekend, which resulted in this very nice feature in today’s East Bay Express! Thanks so much for the really well-written article! <3 Check it out below:

East Bay Express | Love Songs for Game Boys

You nominated, we chose, half based on popular vote, the other half based on preference, but these are all your choices! Now it’s up to you to make the final choice, and that will be our next cover song in the next few shows to come. We’ll probably also release it as a limited free download! Voting ends October 1, 2011.

The Big Live LIVE Show: Live and Red Devil Lounge


We’d like to thank Convergence Fest for giving us the opportunity to play an amazing show in our hometown with an equally amazing lineup. It was an honor to share the stage withTeenage SweaterPlanet Booty, and The Bran Flakes! Thanks also to all who showed up! Be sure to share your photos with us on our Facebook Fan Page!

We have a few more events in the works for September. Our next “show” will actually be on this notorious internet. We’ll be doing a small set during Whiskey Media’s Big Live LIVE Show: Live on Friday, September 9! Not sure what that is? Probably all you need to know about it is in the video above.

Our next live live show will be Wednesday, September 28 for Jonathan Mann’s 1000th Song-A-Day and Album Release Show at Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco. Sorry, kids. This show is 21+.

Please visit our Shows page for more details! 

FREE mp3 available for download today only!

Just like we promised, here’s our cover of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” available for download for FREE! But hurry, because this will only be available for free today only! Just head on over to our Bandcamp page at the link below:

And if you’re in San Francisco, be sure to check out our free show at Japantown Peace Plaza for Convergence Festival! We’re on at 12:45 p.m. Aren’t free things awesome?

A huge news day for us!

In late August, we were interviewed by our two local publications, San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Bay Guardian. Today, they’re both published and in print! But don’t worry, they’re also online. Check them out at the links below! If you’re in the area, be sure to grab a copy!

San Francisco Bay Guardian | Reprogramming the hardware

San Francisco Chronicle | The Glowing Stars taps Game Boy for its chiptune

Choose the next The Glowing Stars cover!

Since we’re retiring our cover of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” we wanted to transform another song into an awesome musical chipsplosion. But this time, we’re going to leave it up to you to choose a song. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and nominate a song. The most popular choices will be added to a poll later on (unless it really seriously sucks and you guys are trolling), along with Lizzie’s and Matt’s own suggestions, and you’ll be able to vote on the final song. So, what are you waiting for? Let the nominations begin! (This also helps keep Lizzie and Matt from arguing over a song ;)).


A week or so ago, Matt Payne and I did an interview with San Francisco Bay Guardian about The Glowing Stars. Here’s the feature online! You can also find it in print locally in San Francisco. Very happy with this. :)

It takes a lot of effort for us to put together a good cover, and we enjoyed sharing our cover of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” on our Quest Coast tour (and recording it for our special edition release of Anything Past That).

We’re planning on retiring this particular cover after we play it at the Convergence Festival in Japantown on September 4, so for a very limited time (ONE DAY!) we’ll be making the recording a FREE DOWNLOAD on our Bandcamp page! Be sure to join our mailing list (on the right sidebar) and follow us onTwitter and Facebook to get the link! We’ll release it closer to Convergence.

Earlier this week, Lizzie was interviewed by The Joystiq Show about The Glowing Stars for their music episode. It went live today, so check it out!

The Joystiq Show - 006: Musical Players 

Meanwhile, Matt’s wife gave birth to a beautiful baby boy! 

While we’ve been on a break from shows this month, we’re still cooking up a lot of things behind the scenes. Lizzie is getting ready to do a few shows withcrashfaster in the next few weeks. Catch their sets on Saturday, August 27 at PAX Prime 2011 in Seattle, and Thursday, September 8 at The Stork Club in Oakland. 

The next The Glowing Stars show is in just two weeks! We’ll be playing at Convergence Fest at the Japantown Peace Plaza in San Francisco. Here are our upcoming show dates:

9/4/11 @ Convergence MMXI Festival, Japantown Peace Plaza, San Francisco, CA
With Teenage SweaterSpaceKraftPlanet Booty, and The Bran Flakes
12 pm | FREE | Facebook | Flyer

9/28/11 @ Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco, CA - Jonathan Mann’s 1000th Song-A-Day / Album Release Show!
With Jonathan Mann & The Rock Cookie Bottoms, The Backorders | 7pm | $8 | Facebook

10/28/11 @ The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA
With The Phenomenauts and The Bloodtypes | 8pm | $12 | Facebook

We have some more upcoming shows in October that we can’t quite announce yet, but when the time comes, you’ll know! Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list on the right sidebar. Also, Facebook and Twitter.

We (or just Lizzie) have been documenting our quest along the way with Instagram, a free app for iPhone that lets you use retro-inspired filters over your photos. We chose a few and created a printable photo cube via Printsgram, and wanted to share it with you! Now you can print it, cut it, and assemble it, making a nice little papercraft for your desk, shelf, or what have you. Enjoy!

Download the .pdf here!