.Alex Taitague

May 22, 2013

Lightly Treading Fame

Shannon and the Clams is not the kind of band that wears all black. Nor is it the type to have a photographer, stylist,...
May 22, 2013

The East Bay Poetry Summit Brings Poetry Out of Bookstores and Into People’s Homes

The poems at the reading varied wildly: one poet riffed on the phrase "the possibilities are endless"; another touched on topics like Twitter, the...
May 15, 2013

Vampire Weekend

Much like Vampire Weekend's past releases, its third album, Modern Vampires of the City, is a blend of upbeat toe-tappers and unhurried tear-jerkers —...
May 7, 2013

Exclusive Premiere: Mortar & Pestle’s Debut EP

The Express is pleased to premiere the debut EP of Oakland's Mortar & Pestle on Post Primal Records. It's something of an emotional roller-coaster...
May 6, 2013

Six Random Observations From Last Night’s Rolling Stones Show at Oracle (Plus Photos!)

Yes, The Rolling Stones are old. Over their half-century-long career, they've survived tie-dye, polka dots, sequins, leather, glam, pre-distressed denim, horizontal and vertical stripes,...
Apr 24, 2013

Listen: New Songs by Pang, Stripmall Architecture, and Sister Crayon

Pang — Attention Deficit Oakland’s all-girl all-fierce quartet Pang debuted yesterday with a seven-inch on Play Pinball! Records. Its garage punk sound on the A-side,...
Apr 19, 2013

Listen: New Songs by Manatee, Kids On A Crime Spree, and Thee Oh Sees

Manatee — "Which Way To Go" and "Theme (Dugong Sing-Along)" The Oakland quartet Manatee has two new tracks out this week on the B-side of...
Apr 17, 2013

A Guide To Record Store Day in the East Bay

In no way was I prepared for my first Record Store Day. It was 10:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of April 2011 and...