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: 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, [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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
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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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    Review + Photos: The Damn Fanatics bring PianoFight to Great American Music Hall

Review + Photos: The Damn Fanatics bring PianoFight to Great American Music Hall

The Damn Fanatics (photo: Patric Carver)

I don’t know about you, but I did not enjoy going to my senior prom. A friend of mine had to remind me of [...]

By |March 27, 2018|1 Comment

Review + Photos: Roger Daltrey’s one-Who punch at the Fox

Roger Daltrey (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

I walked into the Fox on Thursday just as opener Leslie Mendelson was cutting into a charming rendition of "Blue Bayou." I’m not usually a [...]

By |March 20, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Roger Daltrey’s one-Who punch at the Fox

Review + Photos: Buffalo Tom at the Independent

Buffalo Tom (photo: Patric Carver)

What is it about Massachusetts? That state cranks out some awesomely ugly-seeming bands with a gorgeous sound. Chaotic and grimy but sometimes paralyzingly beautiful, there’s [...]

By |March 7, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Buffalo Tom at the Independent
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    Well, Actually: Adventures in mansplaining in our music community

Well, Actually: Adventures in mansplaining in our music community

When I was a kid, my dad owned a coin-operated machine business. On any given day, our house had a couple of defunct arcade games with their circuit boards [...]

By |March 2, 2018|Comments Off on Well, Actually: Adventures in mansplaining in our music community

Review + Photos: Nice guys finish first at Art Boutiki show

Trip Wire (photo: Patric Carver)

Walking into Art Boutiki in San Jose was like stepping into a time machine. The front room, a comic book store, had this mid-'90s feel [...]

By |February 15, 2018|1 Comment

Review + Photos: The Edwardian Ball at the Regency Ballroom

The Edwardian Ball (photo: Patric Carver)

“Prithee, good lady, might I immortalize you tonight?”

I turned around to see a man dressed from top hat to spats in gilded, early-20th-century threads [...]

By |February 1, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: The Edwardian Ball at the Regency Ballroom

Review + Photos: Luna at the Fillmore

Luna (photo: Patric Carver)

Friday night, Luna returned to the Bay Area with openers Big Search at the Fillmore.

Big Search played a strong set. Their sound has the romantic charm [...]

By |January 31, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Luna at the Fillmore
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