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: Gary Numan at the Fillmore

A surface look at Gary Numan’s career could lead to the conclusion that Numan is a chameleon the likes of Madonna or Will Smith, changing image and sound every [...]

By |November 24, 2017|2 Comments

Review: Dragland at Bottom of the Hill

Dragland (photo: Patric Carver)

Last Wednesday, I walked into Bottom of the Hill to catch the very tail end of Dan Too’s set. Their sound filled the room with a charming [...]

By |November 22, 2017|1 Comment
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    Adam Dragland gets back to himself at Bottom of the Hill this week

Adam Dragland gets back to himself at Bottom of the Hill this week

Adam Dragland is a country boy at heart. Hailing from British Columbia, he grew up surrounded by mountains and wilderness, and he still finds comfort in venturing out into [...]

By |November 14, 2017|Comments Off on Adam Dragland gets back to himself at Bottom of the Hill this week
  • Kat Robichaud's Misfit Cabaret - Horror! at the Great Star Theater, by Patric Carver
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    Photos + Review: Kat Robichaud’s Misfit Cabaret presents ‘Horror!’

Photos + Review: Kat Robichaud’s Misfit Cabaret presents ‘Horror!’

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

Once again, Kat Robichaud's Misfit Cabaret brought a combined feeling of family and freak show to the stage at the Great Star [...]

By |November 6, 2017|Comments Off on Photos + Review: Kat Robichaud’s Misfit Cabaret presents ‘Horror!’

Review + Photos: Alvvays at The Fillmore

Alvvays (photo: Patric Carver)

Just about a year and a half ago, Alvvays was playing a dinnertime set on the Mission Stage at Phono del Sol. Last Tuesday, they played a [...]

By |November 6, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Alvvays at The Fillmore

Review + Photos: Dinosaur Jr. at the Regency Ballroom

Dinosaur Jr. (photo: Patric Carver)

Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis was once referred to in Rolling Stone as a “shred wizard.” It seems he’s taken the sorcerer imagery to heart, adapting [...]

By |October 30, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Dinosaur Jr. at the Regency Ballroom

Review + Photos: Ride at the Fillmore

RIDE (photo: Patric Carver)

“Well, after this we’re touring with Phoenix,” said Lo Moon frontman Matt Lowell. “Then we’re headed to Europe, with London Grammar.”

Our conversation is interrupted by a woman [...]

By |October 2, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Ride at the Fillmore

Review + Photos: Swervedriver at Bimbo’s 365

Swervedriver (photo: Patric Carver)

“Have you seen these guys before?” I asked the young woman standing next to me at the rim of the stage.

“Yeah,” she said with a sly smile, [...]

By |September 27, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Swervedriver at Bimbo’s 365
  • 3 O'Clock Rock, by SarahJayn Kemp
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    3 O’Clock Rock teaches kids, and occasionally adults, how to rock

3 O’Clock Rock teaches kids, and occasionally adults, how to rock

It’s early evening, but time seems irrelevant in 3 O’Clock Rock’s cluttered basement practice space nestled in the belly of downtown Oakland. Instructor Donn Spindt is leading a student [...]

By |September 20, 2017|Comments Off on 3 O’Clock Rock teaches kids, and occasionally adults, how to rock

Review + Photos: The Bye Bye Blackbirds at the Ivy Room

The Bye Bye Blackbirds (photo: Patric Carver)

Bradley Skaught, frontman for The Bye Bye Blackbirds stepped up to the mic and asked the crowd: “Does it feel like Saturday night?”

The response [...]

By |September 13, 2017|1 Comment

Review + Photos: Rabbit Quinn sells out Cafe du Nord

Rabbit Quinn (photo: Patric Carver)

There’s been a lot of talk about women in media recently. There was the buzz surrounding the heralding economic success of Patty Jenkin’s superhero flick Wonder [...]

By |August 28, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Rabbit Quinn sells out Cafe du Nord

Punks with Lunch provide punk values, PB&J to West Oakland

Punks with Lunch/COHRT volunteers Ryan Dal Porto and Paula Rubin (all photos by Aaron Rubin)

Punks with Lunch started in September of 2015 when a group of friends decided to [...]

By |August 17, 2017|Comments Off on Punks with Lunch provide punk values, PB&J to West Oakland
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