The Glowing Stars

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

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That’s it. Tour’s over. We’re both happy and sad that our Quest Coast Tour withcrashfaster has come to an end. Though, we did close it pretty epically with our homecoming show at PulsewaveSF at DNA Lounge. Our good friends Awkward Terriblejoined us for this show, as well as starpause and Bit Shifter. Thanks to all who came out to this truly special event! We had an awesome opening video by AJAPOPFILMS, played some new material that we’ve been working on, had a m-f-ing HORNS section (thanks to Dustin Smurthwaite of Ladies & Gentlemen and Uiliami Fihaki!), and then we joined crashfaster during his set for his song “Time” and a cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”

We updated our Photos page on this site, but here are a few of our favorites from that night, courtesy of AJAPOPFILMS:

Since Awkward Terrible was in town, we started working on our split recording with them. We spent two days recording our songs and it’s turning out really well. We plan to release this split with them as a limited edition 7″ vinyl, but we have no set date for this yet.

Now that tour is over and our debut EP is released (YOU DID LISTEN TO IT, DIDN’T YOU???), Matt is in full baby mode with his first baby due any day now. We’re taking a short break for a few months. In that time, we’ll be working individually on some new material. I’ll also be doing some The Glowing Stars stuff solo at PAX Prime next month in Seattle, as well as some collaborations with crashfaster.

By the way, if you pre-ordered the limited edition EP (on USB Game Boy cartridges), those are shipping/have already been shipped! If you have any questions, send us an e-mail attheglowingstarsband[@]gmail[.]com. We don’t bite! We also have some extras reserved for sale. We may release some on our online store in the future.

Well, until next time! Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook! We also have a YouTube channel so you can relive the Quest Coast Tour memories with us!


We’re really excited to announced the official dates for our Quest Coast Tour with crashfaster! We’ll be hitting up different cities in California as well as Portland and Seattle. Here they are:

Thu 6/9 @ Meltdown Comics, Los Angeles, CA8-bit E3 After Party!

Fri 6/10 @ The Video Game Music Show, KSPC 88.7 FM, Claremont, CARadio show + interview

Wed 6/15 @ The New Parish, Oakland, CAJapan Benefit

Thu 6/16 @ Arlene Francis Center, Santa Rosa, CA

Sat 6/18 @ Deva Cafe, Modesto, CA

Wed 6/22 @ Backspace, Portland, OR

Fri 6/24 @ Seattle, WA - TBA

Sat 6/25 @ Apes Tapes, Portland, OR - Surprise Double Release

Thu 7/7 @ DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA - PulsewaveSF Homecoming Show!

Check out our Shows page for updated tour dates. Our next show is next week at Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA. We’ll be playing both dates: Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22.

In the meantime, we’re wrapping up recording our debut EP at monobomb. There’s still time to pre-order a limited edition physical EP on a custom Game Boy cartridge at our online store!

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! <3

If you missed our debut show at DNA Lounge a few weeks ago, here’s a fantastic video montage of our set shot and edited by AJAPOPFILMS. Check out 2-and-a-half minutes of up-close-and-personal live footage.

We’re happy to announce our next show at Maker Faire on Saturday, May 21 at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA. We’ve updated our Shows page with details on the show and how to get tickets. Maker Faire is an awesome DIY festival run by Make Magazine. We’ll be playing a special chip showcase along with crashfaster and other chip acts. If you’re in the Bay Area, you won’t want to miss this! (I mean, come on. Did you see the video above yet?) Also keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter and Facebook in the upcoming weeks – we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to Maker Faire as well!

Here’s mini webisode #4 by Digital Accomplice about Game Boys. We forgot to post about the third mini webisode, but you can find that at our YouTube channel! We’ve also updated our Videos page, which features our latest videos. Give it a click at the top menu and check it out.

And speaking of videos, we found some cool live footage from our DNA Lounge show last Thursday surface the internet. Here’s a good one of our Queen cover of “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Thanks to Ryan Hom for posting it! The crowd energy is amazing in this video – everyone sang along!

Photo by Riki Feldmann

We’re so freaking lucky to have such talented friends! AJAPOPFILMS already sent us a great set of photos from our show (check out the full gallery here), but we’ve also recently received live shots from Eric Hooten and Riki Feldmann and they’re AMAZING! Check them out on our PHOTOS page by clicking here or the link in the top menu. We’ll also be uploading some to our Facebook Fan Page. Here are some really cool ones:

Photo by Eric Hooten

Photo by Eric Hooten

Photo by Riki Feldmann

We’ve just uploaded a ton of awesome photos from the DNA Lounge show thanks to AJAPOPFILMS. Check them out on our Facebook Fan Page at the link below:

Don’t forget to share any of your own photos with us if you have them. Here are a few of our favorites:



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We can’t express how excited we are to be opening for Anamanaguchi and Peelander-Z TOMORROW at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco! We’ll also be selling some cool stickers, buttons, and patches. But, hey!!! Remember the time we asked people to donate their old Game Boy cartridges to us? Well, we’ll be releasing a limited-run physical version of our EP. These will be Game Boy cartridges modified into useful, reusable 1GB USB flash drives. The flash drives will have our EP on it, as well as some really awesome bonus material. That way, you can upload the music wherever you want (legally) and still be able to use the cart for miscellaneous storage. Plus, it’ll have an awesome custom The Glowing Stars label on it.

We’re only releasing 200 of these, and each will be numbered. We’re taking 100 pre-orders at the show tomorrow and opening the rest for pre-order online. These will sell for $20 at the show (extra $5 for shipping when pre-orders are available online).

By the way, we’re still taking donations for original Game Boy carts. Game Boy Color is OK, but we won’t take GBA. Those who have donated carts get an additional bonus. All of the specifics of the bonuses will be announced on our site in the near future. To donate a cart, e-mail us at theglowingstarsband [at] gmail [dot] com!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Here’s mini webisode #2 where we talk about the past, present, and the future of The Glowing Stars. Hope you enjoy and spread the love!

Don’t forget to buy tickets to our show on April 7 with Anamanaguchi and Peelander-Z at the DNA Lounge! Advance tickets are already going fast!

Finally en route to PAX East 2011 in Boston, MA and I’m currently flying over Nebraska right now. The Glowing Stars stickers – I did not forget them! I’ll be passing ‘em out on the showfloor. Follow us on Twitter to find out where I am.

One thing I’m especially excited about for this weekend is BOSTON8BIT‘s 3-day Chiptune Showcase at PAX. Check out the full schedule and lineup on Facebook. We’re hoping to someday play at PAX! But, more importantly, we’re already completely thrilled that we’ll be opening for Anamanaguchi and Peelander-Z at DNA Lounge on April 7. We already have some cool plans in the works for our set, so it’s guaranteed to be a fun show!

If you’re in the area, please come! You can buy tickets in advance from DNA Lounge online.

I’ll try to post some interesting stuff that goes on this weekend. I also am excited to post a promo video soon by ajapopfilms, so be sure to look for that on our site tomorrow. Hey, now I’m over Iowa!


I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to announce this, but there really is no better way than to just throw it all out there. We are super excited to announce our debut show (finally, right?) in our hometown of San Francisco, but are even more excited to announce that we’ll be opening for ANAMANAGUCHI and Peelander-Z.  We couldn’t have asked for a better show, and we nearly peed our pants when we found out. Much love to crashfaster for putting us on the bill. Make sure you visit his site and buy his debut album “Disconnect” that released a few weeks ago. If you don’t, we can’t be friends.

So please! If you’re in the area next month, catch our very first show at DNA Lounge! We promise to rock.

The Glowing Stars w/ ANAMANAGUCHI and Peelander-Z
Thursday, April 7, 2011
@ DNA Lounge
375 11th St
San Francisco, CA

Doors @ 7 p.m. | Show @ 8 p.m.
$12 advance | $16 door

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And I gotta say, while we vaguely gushed about it on Twitter, the speculation was pretty entertaining.