LIZZIE CUEVAS

If you haven’t seen this yet, you kind of have to.

Holy!!! My band The Glowing Stars finally played our first show opening for Anamanaguchi and Peelander-Z at DNA Lounge last night, and it was seriously the best night of my life. Wait, yeah, it was. Those who weren’t actually at the show totally missed out, but were able to catch it on the livestream. BUT, if you STILL missed that, someone luckily posted our entire set on YouTube.

I had so much fun, and the guys from Anamanaguchi and Peelander-Z were so awesome. I’m super glad crashfaster (who hooked us up with the show) got to perform for a bit before us as well. Also DJ-ing between sets on his iPad was Doctor Popular who played a GREAT selection of music.

So what’s next from here? Well, finishing up our EP, of course, which people were able to start pre-ordering at our show. We’re releasing a limited run of physical copies in the form of custom USB drives made out of old Game Boy cartridges. We’ll be opening up pre-orders online probably next week. We also have a show lined up for May, and a few shows in June, as part of our first West Coast tour. More on that later.

If you took any photos last night, feel free to share them on The Glowing Stars’ Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/theglowingstars

Also, I FINALLY updated my links page and added a BUNCH of cool people you should check out, including the people I mentioned above AND Digital Accomplice (who helped with our band’s mini webisodes), Mike Hales (who designed the flyer for the DNA Lounge show), and Jonathan Mann and Tommy Wallach, who are playing a show in San Francisco in THREE DAYS! Please come! I’ll be there!

I also updated my articles section, which includes all of the print work I’ve done so far. The online portion isn’t really updated… I’ll have to look for those.

Thanks to everyone who made last night amazing!

Oh dear, this will have to be another one of those bulletpoint lists again. Lately my time has been split between work and band stuff, which is great, but I haven’t had time to do much else. I can’t believe we’re opening for Anamanaguchi and Peelander-Z in a WEEK! So, so crazy. I’ve been playing guitar so much, that I can’t feel anything else with my fingers on my fret-playing hand.

That said, the above video was a bit easier on the fingers. My band did this cool video for GamesRadar showcasing these ThinkGeek interactive music t-shirts for a giveaway. This was a lot of fun to do, and my best friend Angelo Ibanez shot this on a Flip HD cam and edited it. So cool!

Alright, here we go:

The Glowing Stars

  • Well, that video.
  • Been practicing and rehearsing on hardcore mode for our April 7 show! You can still get tickets here!
  • We put up our second mini webisode on Monday:

GamesRadar

Everything Else

  • I guess this is more The Glowing Stars-related, but I was recently interviewed by Front Towards Gamer Radio and it went live last week! Listen to it on FTG Radio, Ep. 46.
  • Also that week that it went live, the @GAMER podcast I sat in on went up as well: The @GAMER Podcast - Episode #14
  • And speaking of @GAMER, I wrote reviews for their last two issues. In the March 2011 issue, I reviewed Yoostar 2, and for their latest April 2011 issue, I wrote my biggest review yet for Crysis 2. So happy about that.

Pics or it didn’t happen!

I think that’s about it. Life is moving too fast! I feel like time has been on steroids since the announcement of the April 7 show, and things have been blowing up since. Even after that, we’re possibly playing something awesome in May, and we’re already setting up a tour for June. Not to mention the release of the EP. This is going to be a good year. :)

Man, busy, busy! I’m gonna have to bullet-point-list everything that’s been going on since I got back from Las Vegas:

The Glowing Stars

  • Well, one, this awesome promo video up there that was done for us by ajapopfilms.
  • We’re opening for Anamanaguchi and Peelander-Z at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco on April 7! Buy tickets here!

GamesRadar

Everything Else

  • Just got interviewed for Front Towards Gamer's podcast, which should be up next week. It was a real pleasure!
  • PAX East was SO AWESOME - It was great meeting fans of both GamesRadar/TalkRadar AND The Glowing Stars all the way on the other side of the country. Boston was good to me and I can’t wait to visit again. Until then, I’m looking forward to PAX Prime in August. Check out some photos I took from PAX East at this public Facebook link - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=295210&id=605803111&l=9db429e0f6

Okay. Yeah, so that was a pathetic, rushed blog post. So much has happened! The next one will be a bit more coherent!

Just got back from a fun, sort of last-minute trip to Las Vegas, though I realize if you’re not really much of a clubber or party-goer (Me? Party-goer? Never.), then all there really is to do in Vegas is stuff yourself into oblivion with their many buffets. Yes, that’s what I did.

But also! You can walk around at 4 a.m. taking pictures of random things with your iPhone until the sun comes up. Lately I’ve been on the whole Instagram hype - it’s a free iPhone app with many cool filters to use for your photos. Unlike Hipstamatic, which is a similar app that costs $1.99, you can edit photos straight from your Camera Roll instead of having to take a new one each time. This makes it a lot easier to frame your image the way you want. The filters are also free, whereas Hipstamatic only gives you a few free options, then you have to pay for each additional filter separately. I really haven’t even opened up Hipstamatic anymore since I got Instagram.

But Instagram sort of became a gateway drug to other iPhone photo apps. Since friending Doctor Popular on Instagram, I’ve learned the ways of #appsperiment, which is basically using various iPhone photo apps to edit a photo. Here are some I took in Vegas:

This was taken of a huge chandelier-type decoration at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Used Camera+ to edit, then a filter on Instagram.

Took this walking along the strip and edited with TiltShiftGen.

Outside of Caesars Palace. Can’t think about this place without thinking about The Hangover anymore. Photo taken with TrueHDR.

And this is personally one of my favorites, and the very first picture was taken the same way. For a city that is known for its nightlife, the city really does sleep - unless you have a gambling problem. But this arcade at the New York New York hotel in Las Vegas was completely dead at 4 a.m. It was fun, and kind of creepy, to walk around the arcade ghost town. This photo was taken with Camera+.

For more photos, follow me on Instagram - @lizziecuevas. (Sorry, non-iPhone users!)

But now that Las Vegas is out of the way, I’m really looking forward to attending my first PAX this weekend in Boston, MA. I’ll be there with most of the TalkRadar crew. It’s also the week before Chris Antista’s and my birthdays, so I think a celebration is in order. I also have The Glowing Stars stickers to give away!

Oh, and on that note, we announced last week that we’ll be opening for Anamanaguchi at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco on 4/7. SO EXCITED!