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/

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 [...]

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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 [...]

  • The Bobbleheads at The Makeout Room, by SarahJayn Kemp
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    Review + Photos: Scott Gagner, Tripwire, the Bobbleheads at the Make-Out Room

Review + Photos: Scott Gagner, Tripwire, the Bobbleheads at the Make-Out Room

The Bobbleheads (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

Saturday night at the Make-Out Room, the place was nearly empty save for the bands performing, their friends, and their families. I'd never been to [...]

By |May 14, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Scott Gagner, Tripwire, the Bobbleheads at the Make-Out Room
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    Interview: David Brookings on the the release of ‘Scorpio Monologue’

Interview: David Brookings on the the release of ‘Scorpio Monologue’

David Brookings and the Average Lookings recently released their second album, Scorpio Monologue, and a documentary of the making of the record. I recently sat down to talk to [...]

By |May 6, 2019|Comments Off on Interview: David Brookings on the the release of ‘Scorpio Monologue’

New Release: James Lanman’s ‘Mosaics’

Photo courtesy of James Lanman

James Lanman is no stranger to the road. Fed up with the concrete jungle of New York City, Lanman embarked on a cross-country tour with [...]

By |May 3, 2019|Comments Off on New Release: James Lanman’s ‘Mosaics’

Review + Photos: Swervedriver at the Fillmore

Swervedriver (photo: Patric Carver)

"Oh, man, look how young Jerry is," breathed a young woman as she pointed at one of the Fillmore's archival photographs of the Grateful Dead.

"They're all [...]

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Review + Photos: Kabarett Dekadenz at the Uptown

I was a tourist in the Bay Area the first time I ever attended an event at The Uptown, Oakland's little night club that could. All I remember about [...]

By |April 29, 2019|5 Comments

Review + Photos: Copeland at Slim’s

Copeland (photo: Patric Carver)

In Florida, the border between civilized and wild territories is often imaginary. Concrete jungles mask a hidden sampling of flora and fauna, with herons and egrets [...]

By |April 9, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Copeland at Slim’s
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