The Glowing Stars

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

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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.

http://poll.fm/3a6so

The Big Live LIVE Show: Live and Red Devil Lounge

Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

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:

http://theglowingstars.bandcamp.com

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 ;)).

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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.

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!

AJAPOPFILMS released two videos this weekend of our live set at PulsewaveSF, which launched July 7, 2011. This was our homecoming show, EP release show, and very first PulsewaveSF all in one! The first video is of our first song of the set, “Epilogue.” We even had a pretty bad-ass opening video, also by AJAPOPFILMS, highlighting the shows of our Quest Coast Tour. Check it out!

The second video is of our song, “I Know Now.” But this isn’t your ordinary “I Know Now.” We had Dustin Smurthwaite of Ladies & Gentlemen and Uiliami Fihaki join us on trombone. It was really cool! Matt Payne even knocks the camera with his drum stick at 2:49.

We can’t say enough how truly amazing this night was. Stay tuned for announcements on our next show! In the meantime, Lizzie will be working withcrashfaster for a couple of shows, as well as recording some vocals for Wizwars.

Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

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!

-lc