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 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/

Redd Kross and The Melvins at Cornerstone Brewing

The Melvins (photo: Karen Goldman)

A few years ago, I came to really understand what living in the Bay Area was all about when I was invited to a group [...]

By |September 13, 2019|0 Comments

Beehive swarm up + down the West Coast to SF, Oakland

Though the duo Beehive formed recently in early 2019, band members Jake Sprecher (formerly of Terry Malts) and bassist Bud Amenti (also of Shutups), having been playing Bay Area venues for [...]

By |September 4, 2019|0 Comments

Review + Photos: OMD at the Mountain Winery

OMD (photo: Patric Carver)

"The moral of our set is don't be afraid of middle-aged men from Liverpool. We've come to kick your ass with synthesizers."

That's how bassist and vocalist [...]

By |August 19, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: OMD at the Mountain Winery

James and the Psychedelic Furs at Stern Grove

The Psychedelic Furs (photo: Patric Carver)

How do you mend a broken heart? That question seemed to be on the minds of many of the at-capacity crowd that filled Stern [...]

By |August 13, 2019|1 Comment
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    Sleepbomb sountrack classic, sometimes campy films at the New Parkway

Sleepbomb sountrack classic, sometimes campy films at the New Parkway

About a week ago, I was at the New Parkway to see a movie, and I noticed an unsettling hum coming from the other theater. Was that the tritone? [...]

By |July 31, 2019|Comments Off on Sleepbomb sountrack classic, sometimes campy films at the New Parkway
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    Review + Photos: ‘Punk Rock Storytelling: War Stories’ at Swedish American Hall

Review + Photos: ‘Punk Rock Storytelling: War Stories’ at Swedish American Hall

War Stories (photo: Patric Carver)

They say that you care less about what other people think about you as you age.

Imagine what would happen if you didn't give a shit [...]

10 years on, Burger Boogaloo stays strange

In the years that I've been attending Burger Boogaloo, the festival heights exponentially grew each year. Two years ago, Iggy Pop did his best Alex Honnold impression and scaled the [...]

By |July 11, 2019|Comments Off on 10 years on, Burger Boogaloo stays strange
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    ‘Punk Rock Storytelling: War Stories’ comes to Swedish American Hall next week

‘Punk Rock Storytelling: War Stories’ comes to Swedish American Hall next week

I first encountered the zine Lobotomy when I was a teenager in Tampa, Florida. Poking out of a stack of papers labeled "Posters and shit $1," Lobotomy appealed to [...]

Review + Photos: The Lemonheads at the Mystic Theatre

The Lemonheads (photo: Patric Carver)

Courthouse Square is a backlot at Universal Studios. It's most famous for being the town center of Hill Valley, the fictional setting of Back to [...]

By |June 3, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: The Lemonheads at the Mystic Theatre

Review + Photos: Camp Cope at the Uptown

Camp Cope (photo: Patric Carver)

"Does anyone see an old man wearing eyeliner?" said Camp Cope's Georgia McDonald as she peered out into the crowd at the Uptown Saturday night. [...]

By |May 22, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Camp Cope at the Uptown
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    Jackie Greene to raise money for Blue Rose Foundation at the Fillmore

Jackie Greene to raise money for Blue Rose Foundation at the Fillmore

The Blue Rose Foundation will be holding its sixth annual Blue Rose Benefit on Saturday, June 8 at the Fillmore in San Francisco. The event will raise to provide [...]

By |May 17, 2019|Comments Off on Jackie Greene to raise money for Blue Rose Foundation at the Fillmore

Review + Photos: Junk Parlor at the Ivy Room

Junk Parlor (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

I first saw Junk Parlor at the Uptown in Oakland some months back. Performing as part of a cabaret, Junk seemed very at home being [...]

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