Happy Valentine’s Day from The Glowing Stars and Crashfaster

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Our limited 7″ vinyl split “In Flames / Shotgun” is available now! We teamed up with Crashfaster to release two songs bringing the melodic 8-bit sounds of the Game Boy to the lovelorn, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

You can purchase the vinyl on our Bandcamp at http://theglowingstars.bandcamp.com for $15 + shipping, or download the tracks for FREE!

Happy V-Day, y’all!

J-Pop Summit and Convergence MMXII Festival. Oh, and tour.

Sharing the stage at California Extreme in Santa Clara last weekend with crashfaster, Slime Girls, Doctor Popular and more was an honor. Thanks to everyone who came out! We also announced our upcoming split single on vinyl with crashfaster. More details on that to come.

Our next show will be on Saturday, August 25 at the Japantown Peace Plaza in San Francisco. We will be playing at the J-Pop Summit/Convergence MMXII Festival. It’s a free show, so if you’re in the area, drop on by! For more information, visit our Shows page, or go to http://www.j-pop.com/2012/the-glowing-stars/

Last, but definitely not least, we’re happy to announce our pre-PAX Prime 2012 NW mini-tour with crashfaster and minusbaby. We’ll be playing in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Check out the dates below:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
@ Slabtown, Portland, OR
With crashfaster, The Bloodtypes and minusbaby | More details TBA

Thursday, August 30, 2012
@ Funhouse, Seattle, WA
With crashfaster, minusbaby and more | More details TBA

See you at the shows!

Cinco de Mayo!

We’ll be playing the rockingest, rollingest Cinco de Mayo at Homestead Lanes in Cupertino! We’ll be sharing the stage with friends The Phenomenauts and The Bloodtypes (Portland)!

With Angel Nova of The Phenomenauts. Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

With The Bloodtypes. Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

Head on over to Facebook and RSVP on the Facebook Event Page to let all your friends know that you’re going to the coolest Cinco de Mayo show ever, and that the only way they can ever achieve such coolness is by following suit and attending, too. You can also find details on the show on our SHOWS page.

See you all there!

It’s coming: Everything you need to know about POW

On Tuesday, March 6, we’re going to rock the DNA Lounge stage with other chiptune artists and a handful of indie game developers in celebration of Game Developers Conference (GDC).

8bitSF presents POW: Indie Music & Games Collide, featuring a packed lineup with VIRT, Freaky DNA, Disasterpeace, Louis Gorenfeld, crashfaster, Zen Albatross, minusbaby, A_Rival, and The Glowing Stars. There will also be demos and presentations by Muteki Corporation, Open Emotion Studios, Yobble, and more!

For those who are already in San Francisco for GDC, your GDC badge gets you in for five bucks at the door. Otherwise, you can get $8 advance tickets at the link below, or get tickets at the door for $12.

Get your advance tickets here: http://www.dnalounge.com/calendar/2012/03-06.html

If you’re not in town, don’t waste those tears. You can catch the show via livestream on the DNA Lounge website right here: http://www.dnalounge.com/webcast/

Hope to see you all at the show! We’re on at 8:30 p.m. PST/11:30 p.m. EST, but it’ll be a full night of geeky madness, so make sure to check out all the other talented acts!

That’s not all — be sure to check out our Twitter on the day of the show. We’ll be giving out some free download codes of our latest EP Horchata leading up to the show.

Check out what The Glowing Stars are all about from interviews from our last show at #Rockage in San Jose.

SJSU Access Mag | A Glowing Star Review

Twitch.TV’s Week In Geek | Week In Geek Episode 5 – Interview

Announcing Horchata!

When our bestest chip buddies Awkward Terrible were in town last year for our fantastic show with Bit Shifter at the DNA lounge, we spent a couple days in the studio tracking four songs for what was originally planned as a split EP. What has evolved instead is a monster of a four-track collaborative EP, with all the members of each band playing on every song. The new EP is called Horchata, and will be available on January 20th to the whole world.

We can’t think of a better way to start the year than to share these new tunes with you, and we’re doing it in a big way. Awkward Terrible is coming to the SF bay yet again to share the stage. And when we say “share the stage”, we mean it. The show will feature not only sets from both bands, but a combined set with all four of us onstage, playing all the material from Horchata live together. Chaos will ensue. Hearts will be broken. Worlds will crumble.

See us play the show at The Blank Club in San Jose with our local chip favorite crashfaster on Wednesday, January 18th, where we’ll be selling advance copies of Horchata as download codes. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information and updates about Horchata.

The Glowing Stars, Awkward Terrible, and crashfaster
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
@ The Blank Club, San Jose
FREE Show! 21+ only
RSVP on Facebook

Where are we now?

Above: Science and Honor! With Angel Nova of The Phenomenauts at The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz
Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

Our last few shows were a blast! East Bay Mini Maker Faire was a success and Matt spent most of the day teaching attendees how to mod their old Game Boys. We had an awesome lineup of chip artists from all over the Bay Area, including Doctor Popular, starpause, E.N. Cowell and A_Rival. We were also lucky to have Max Capacity and Adam Scradam return for visuals. Doc and Matt even found a bit of a break in the day-long event to hold an impromptu jam session with Nanoloop and banjo in the middle of the fairgrounds!


Doctor Popular and Matt Payne pumpin’ the jam.


Our East Bay Mini Maker Faire PulsewaveSF table!


Starpause with his shirt off before noon.

A_Rival x Max Capacity

PoW !

The following week, we played a really fun rock show with The Phenomenauts and The Bloodtypes at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. Now, we’ve played some rockin’ shows, but this one was definitely rockin’ in its own special way. I think all of the bands had amazing energy, fun outfits, and just overall knew how to put on a show. Major thanks to Grand Fanali Presents for booking this for us. Also thanks to AJAPOPFILMS for documenting the event. Matt and I dressed up as Chell and Rat Man from Portal 2. He even made a Companion Cube at the last minute out of cardboard, foam, and felt!

With The Bloodtypes!

We capped off that weekend with our last show of the year at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco with the super sexy, freakin’ funky Planet Booty, Easystreet, and Hottub DJs. It hasn’t been a month yet since our last show, and I thought we’d be able to have a nice, restful break, but things are picking up speed again.

With January coming up in less than two months, we’re finishing up our split release with Milwaukee friends Awkward Terrible. We absolutely adore those guys and can’t wait ’til they arrive in January to release this ish with us! Also on the plate is our second album, but that’s further down the line. Some of you guys were able to catch our new song at one of our last shows. We’ll be able to release some samples online soon. We’ll also have some new merch available soon, so stay tuned! Our 1-year anniversary is also coming up, and we’ll have a few special things revolving around that as well.

xoxo,

-lc

Halloweek!

Our last two shows of the year are coming up next week! But before we get to that, we’ll be on The Unbound Sound Show on Wednesday, October 26 from 8 p.m.-10 p.m.! We’ll be talking up our upcoming shows and plans, playing some acoustic songs, and even debuting some new material.

Then on Friday, October 28, we’ll be playing at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz with The Phenomenauts and The Bloodtypes!

And finally, on Saturday, October 29, we’ll be wrapping up a wonderful year with our last show of 2011 with Planet Booty at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco! Tickets are already on sale, so make sure to pick some up if you plan to go!

We’ll be playing a new The Glowing Stars tune at these last shows!

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

10/29/11 @ Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA
With Planet Booty | 9pm | $12 | Facebook | flyer

PulsewaveSF at the East Bay 2011 Mini Maker Faire

We’re gearing up for our last shows of the year at Café Du Nord in San Francisco and The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, but we’ve got one more fun outing before we bury ourselves in lyrics sheets and LSDJ modules for our next album…

On October 16th, we’ll be playing at the East Bay 2011 Mini Maker Faire on the PulsewaveSF stage. Although we go on at 3:40, there’s awesome local chip being played all day – The Dualies, Starpause, Doc Pop, Louis Gorenfeld, E.N. Cowell and A_Rival will be gracing our stage as well as some special guests, and a half hour anything-goes jam session at the end of the day!

On top of that, we’ll have the blue-ribbon winning chip gear demo table that we showed off at the big Maker Faire in San Mateo in May, as well as a new modding workshop, where you can bring your own Game Boy and we’ll help you improve the sound output level, install a backlight, and more!

And on top of that, you have the entire rest of Mini Maker Faire to enjoy – fighting robots, crazy machines, everything you could possibly imagine doing with an Arduino… it’s all here!

Check out the faire at http://ebmakerfaire.wordpress.com/

And get your tickets at http://ebmakerfaire2011.eventbrite.com/

Get 20% off your tickets with discount code PULSEWAVESF!

The next show, and the last show

Thanks to all who came to our show at Red Devil Lounge last night for Jonathan Mann‘s 1000th Song-A-Day and Album Release show. It was truly an honor and a blast to share the stage with over a dozen other extremely talented musicians. Aside from our own set, we joined Jonathan Mann on stage with his core band, The Rock Cookie Bottoms; Dustin Smurthwaite of Ladies & Gentlemen on trombone; Jeanne Geiger of Teeny Tiger (who also played trombone for Radiation City a few weeks ago at Bottom of the Hill); Ami Nashimoto of All My Pretty Ones on cello; Meeranai Shim on cello; Sarah Dabby of The Family Crest on violin; and Ivory “Sweaty Girlfriend” King on bass clarinet.

Matt also played trombone, keys, percussion, autoharp, and drums, and I got to play guitar and bass for some songs. The biggest challenge I think was trying to fit 13 or so people and equipment on that tiny stage, but Matt made it happen. Here’s the video for Mann’s 1000th song from last night. As you can already tell, even the camera couldn’t capture everyone on stage:

Our next show is actually coming up pretty fast, on Monday, Oct 3 at a new music venue called Vitus that recently opened up in Oakland. Not only do they have killer deep fried zucchini sticks and Bloody Marys with BACON garnish (yeah, dude), the show is also FREE! And we’re playing with our friend crashfaster, and an electronica duo named HoverKraft.

We’re playing a few more shows in October, so make sure you check out our Shows page on the site, but our LAST show of the year will be with Planet Booty at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco. After that, we’re going to concentrate on new songs and a new album until 2012, so make sure you’re at Cafe Du Nord on Saturday, October 29!

-lc

Bay Area shows in October

This Wednesday we’re playing a mini set for Jonathan Mann’s 1000th Song-A-Day/Album Release Show at Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco. On top of that, we’ll be joining him during his set, accompanying his songs. Matt will do what he does best, playing multiple instruments, and Lizzie will be playing some guitar and bass on a few songs. Either way, this event is bound to be a historic one. Mann has been writing a song every day since 2009, and has also been known for his Game Jew series on YouTube and having his iPhone 4 antennae song play during an Apple keynote:

With October approaching, our show dates have been lining up. We’ve updated our Shows page with the following October dates:

10/3/11 @ Vitus, Oakland, CA
With crashfaster | 8pm | FREE | 21+ | Facebook

10/16/11 @ East Bay Mini Maker Faire, Oakland, CA
With TBA | 10am | $20

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

10/29/11 @ Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA
With Planet Booty | 9pm | $12 | Facebook

It’s hard to say what will be in store for us for the rest of 2011 in terms of shows, so make sure you catch one of these! We have big plans for new music for the rest of the year, as well as a 2012 tour, so subscribe to our mailing list on the bottom right sidebar of our homepage to get those updates.