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: Low at the Fillmore

Low (photo: Patric Carver)

Japanese instrumental post-rock band Mono played a lusciously aggressive set at the Fillmore last Tuesday. More of an experience than a concert, Mono is theater with instruments. [...]

Review + Photos: ‘Brilliant Lies’ is honestly good

Brilliant Lies (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

Brilliant Lies is the type of play that will make you uncomfortable in a good way. It’s a dark comedy that pulls its darkness from [...]

Review + Photos: Misfit Cabaret presents ‘Cinephilia’

Kat Robichaud's Misfit Cabaret presents Cinephilia (photo: Patric Carver)

I’m not sure if it was Bill Murray’s Hunter S. Thompson from Where the Buffalo Roam or Johnny Depp’s Raoul Duke [...]

Review + Photos: The Primitives still can’t be tamed

The Primitives (photo: Patric Carver)

Friday night at Brick & Mortar, the crowd was wall-to-wall. The night began with the Oilies who played an incredible set. Their sound is invigorating [...]

  • Bush at The Warfield, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: The Kickback and Bush dominate the Warfield

Review + Photos: The Kickback and Bush dominate the Warfield

Bush (photo: Patric Carver)

“Gavin will be out shortly to sing like a man,” the Kickback lead vocalist Billy Yost called out to the crowd, “which is a real difference [...]

  • Turn It Around at Alamo Draft House, by SarahJayn Kemp
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    ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ premieres at SF Docfest

‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ premieres at SF Docfest

Turn It Around (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

The Wednesday night premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse of Turn It Around: the Story of East Bay Punk seemed a little like a punk [...]

  • Hippo Campus at BottleRock Napa 2017, by Patric Carver
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    BottleRock 2017: Three days of excess, enthusiasm and a need for earplugs

BottleRock 2017: Three days of excess, enthusiasm and a need for earplugs

The Roots (photo: Patric Carver)

It’s day one of BottleRock, and I am planted on the bleachers at the Lagunitas stage trying to wrap my head around this massive event. Seated [...]

  • Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel at the DNA Lounge, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel at DNA Lounge

Review + Photos: Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel at DNA Lounge

Amanda Palmer (photo: Patric Carver)

If you’ve ever folded origami, you probably have a pretty good handle on the type of magic that Amanda Palmer weaves. In origami, you take [...]

By |May 25, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel at DNA Lounge
  • North Bay Cabaret - Sin Peaks at The Whisky Tip, by Patric Carver
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    Photos + Review: Damn fine show at North Bay Cabaret Presents ‘Sin Peaks’

Photos + Review: Damn fine show at North Bay Cabaret Presents ‘Sin Peaks’

North Bay Cabaret - Sin Peaks (photo: Patric Carver)

There’s something to be said for an outfit that hosts a David-Lynch-themed cabaret. It’s not any easy feat. Sexuality is often [...]

By |May 23, 2017|Comments Off on Photos + Review: Damn fine show at North Bay Cabaret Presents ‘Sin Peaks’
  • Eliza Rickman at The Lost Church, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: Eliza Rickman provides sanctuary at the Lost Church

Review + Photos: Eliza Rickman provides sanctuary at the Lost Church

Eliza Rickman (photo: Patric Carver)

The Lost Church defines itself as an “intimate” venue. From the moment you walk in, you realize that the Lost Church not only defines itself [...]

By |May 2, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Eliza Rickman provides sanctuary at the Lost Church

Review + Photos: Miracle Legion romances fans at the Chapel

Miracle Legion (photo: Patric Carver)

The Bye Bye Blackbirds played a very solid opening set for the Miracle Legion concert at the Chapel on April 29. The Oakland power pop rockers [...]

By |May 1, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Miracle Legion romances fans at the Chapel

Final Tour: Miracle Legion at the Chapel

College Rock veterans Miracle Legion are coming to San Francisco for their first Bay Area concert in twenty years and is being hailed as their last ever, the final [...]

By |April 27, 2017|Comments Off on Final Tour: Miracle Legion at the Chapel
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