About SarahJayn Kemp

SarahJayn is a writer, photographer, and teacher from Tampa, Florida. She graduated from New College of Florida with a B.A. in Humanities. How she ended up teaching Math in Oakland is one of life's great mysteries. She loves her dog Twiggy, manatees, punk rock, a good meal, discovering new places. Her most prized possession is an original pressing of The Replacements' 'Let It Be.' Check out her photography at https://sarahjayn1980.myportfolio.com/

Review + Photos: Liz Phair at the Fillmore

Liz Phair (photo: Patric Carver)

I think there’s never going to be a moment in history that more perfectly casually intersects than the mid-'90s “Girl Power” movement with the current [...]

By |September 25, 2018|0 Comments

Ellisa Sun gives the Bay Area ‘Just a Little More’

(photo: JJ Casas)

Up until recently, Ellisa Sun's base of operations was right here in the Bay Area. That was until she and her partner, percussionist Ken Michienzi, decided to purchase [...]

By |September 6, 2018|0 Comments

Review + Photos: Poster Children at Café du Nord

Poster Children (photo: Patric Carver)

Of all the scenes in The Exorcist, the one that strikes me the most is arguably the least flashy. There’s no contortionism, no projectile vomit. [...]

By |August 22, 2018|1 Comment

Photos + Review: Love Jerks melt hearts at the Uptown

Love Jerks (photo: Patric Carver)

“This first song...this song comes from a time when I was really yearning. I was very yearnful.”

That’s how Love Jerks kicked things off last Thursday [...]

By |August 22, 2018|1 Comment
  • The Mummies at Burger Booglaoo 2018 in Mosswood Park, by SarahJayn Kemp
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    Review + Photos: This year’s Boogaloo remained gorgeously grotesque

Review + Photos: This year’s Boogaloo remained gorgeously grotesque

The Damned (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

I’ve always loved that punk rock is all spikes and chain-smoking from the outside and arts and crafts from the inside. Burger Boogaloo, the annual [...]

  • Hubba Hubba Revue Presents Blacks Arts Matter: Juneteenth at the DNA Lounge, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: Monday Night Hubba presents ‘Black Arts Matter: Juneteenth’

Review + Photos: Monday Night Hubba presents ‘Black Arts Matter: Juneteenth’

Monday Night Hubba - Blacks Arts Matter: Juneteenth (photo: Patric Carver)Hubba Hubba Revue hosts a cozy burlesque affair in the upstairs annex at DNA Lounge every Monday. This past [...]

By |June 26, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Monday Night Hubba presents ‘Black Arts Matter: Juneteenth’

Review + Photos: Johnny Marr at August Hall

Johnny Marr (photo: Patric Carver)

I’m not one for organized religion, but I am starting to believe we are living in the End Times.

It’s not just that things aren’t going [...]

By |June 12, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Johnny Marr at August Hall

Review + Photos: Peter Hook and the Light at the Warfield

Peter Hook and the Light (photo: Patric Carver)

Peter Hook and the Light illuminated the Warfield Saturday night with back-to-back performances of New Order and Joy Division’s twin compilations, Substance.

Usually, [...]

By |May 15, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Peter Hook and the Light at the Warfield
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    Peter Hook and the Light bring ‘Substance’ to the Warfield Saturday

Peter Hook and the Light bring ‘Substance’ to the Warfield Saturday

On Saturday, May 12, Peter Hook and the Light will be returning to the Bay Area to play the Warfield.

The show will take place just six days shy of [...]

By |May 11, 2018|Comments Off on Peter Hook and the Light bring ‘Substance’ to the Warfield Saturday

Photos + Review: LCD Soundsystem at the Greek Theatre

LCD Soundsystem (photo: Jon Bauer)

I heard Kraftwerk’s “The Robots” for the first time at a suburban strip mall coffee shop when I was a kid. I remember thinking that it [...]

By |May 1, 2018|Comments Off on Photos + Review: LCD Soundsystem at the Greek Theatre

Review + Photos: Roselit Bone at the Golden Bull

Roselit Bone (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

Roselit Bone does not play to audiences content to stay at home on Tuesday nights.

The is not a small outfit, and the stage was bursting [...]

By |April 16, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Roselit Bone at the Golden Bull
  • Reptoid at the Elbo Room, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: Conan Neutron and the Secret Friends at the Elbo Room

Review + Photos: Conan Neutron and the Secret Friends at the Elbo Room

Reptoid (photo: Patric Carver)

Last Saturday, the Elbo Room Oakland rolled out its beer-stained carpet to locals looking for things to get loud. Housed in the location of the now-defunct [...]

By |March 28, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Conan Neutron and the Secret Friends at the Elbo Room
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