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/
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    SFCM and SF Symphony announce Emerging Black Composers Project

SFCM and SF Symphony announce Emerging Black Composers Project

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) and San Francisco Symphony are partnering for a major new initiative, The Emerging Black Composers Project. The project aims to support the development of Black [...]

By |September 2, 2020|0 Comments
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    Tim Presley to release new book: ‘Under the Banner of Concern’

Tim Presley to release new book: ‘Under the Banner of Concern’

(photo:Ruth Swanson)

"I guess now we’re all living in those old paintings of people lying around on couches doing nothing with their boobs out." - Dana Berger, actress and Tweeter

Yes, [...]

By |August 11, 2020|Comments Off on Tim Presley to release new book: ‘Under the Banner of Concern’

KnightressM1 debuts “Polarity Integrate”

Oakland-based trio KnightressM1 debuted their new video for single "Polarity Integrate" on July 10. The video offers a combination of disparate images alongside heavy instrumentals.

Lead vocalist and violinist Emily [...]

Review + Photos: The New Pornographers at the Fillmore

The New Pornographers (photo: Patric Carver)

What is the deal with The New Pornographers? Are they, like the proverbial goldfish that grows to fit the size of its tank, going [...]

By |February 6, 2020|Comments Off on Review + Photos: The New Pornographers at the Fillmore

Beyond The Bay: Silversun Pickups at Ace of Spades

Silversun Pickups (photo: Patric Carver)

Silversun Pickups played to a sold-out crowd at Ace of Spades. Security was very tight, and there was a line winding around the block to [...]

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

Peter Hook and The Light (photo: Patric Carver)

When I am at the Fillmore, I always like to spend a little time during the show in The Introvert Self-Exclusion Zone [...]

By |November 18, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Peter Hook and the Light at the Fillmore

Review + Photos: Big Wreck at the Bottom of the Hill

Big Wreck (photo: Patric Carver)

"Wow. This place is small."

This was the most common observation amongst Big Wreck fans gathered at Bottom of the Hill, most of whom seemed to [...]

By |October 28, 2019|1 Comment

Review + Photos: Ride at the Regency Ballroom

Ride (photo: Patric Carver)

Ride came back to San Francisco to play a packed show at the Regency Ballroom.

Opening act Spirit of the Beehive had a bright and beautiful sound that, much like [...]

By |October 17, 2019|1 Comment
  • Bad Bad Hats at The New Parish, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: Bad Bad Hats bring bubblegum folk to The New Parish

Review + Photos: Bad Bad Hats bring bubblegum folk to The New Parish

Bad Bad Hats (photo: Patric Carver)

“Hello, I usually do not speak until after the second song, so let’s pretend this did not happen.”

That’s how lead vocalist and guitarist Kerry [...]

By |October 11, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Bad Bad Hats bring bubblegum folk to The New Parish

Review + Photos: Bitter Lake at Rickshaw Stop

Bitter Lake (photo: Terry Gatechair)

I first saw Jason Myles on stage as part of the duo La Fin Absolute Du Monde, a heavy industrial unit that melted the faces of [...]

By |September 30, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Bitter Lake at Rickshaw Stop

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|Comments Off on Redd Kross and the Melvins at Cornerstone Brewing

Bloc Party go ‘Silent’ in SF this November

(photo: Estefany Gonzalez)

Starting on September 16, Bloc Party has been playing a very limited tour of the US, playing their debut album Silent Alarm in its entirety. San Francisco [...]

By |September 6, 2019|Comments Off on Bloc Party go ‘Silent’ in SF this November
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