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/

Music beats at the heart of the OUSD teacher’s strike

(photos: SarahJayn Kemp)

The schools in Oakland have been virtually empty this past week as the majority of the teachers exercise their right to strike, and some big names have [...]

A Bye Bye Blackbirds benefit show kicks off at 3pm Sunday

I first met Lenny Gill at a Bye Bye Blackbirds show at the Ivy Room a few years ago. Compared to his bandmates, Lenny was quiet — almost coming [...]

By |February 13, 2019|2 Comments

Review + Photos: Mineral at Great American Music Hall

Mineral (photo: Patric Carver)

Mineral is a band that doesn’t offer many surprises; they don’t need to. They are a solid outfit that plays gut-churning rock, and they do so [...]

By |February 6, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Mineral at Great American Music Hall
  • Matthew Sweet at The Fillmore, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: Matthew Sweet and the Dream Syndicate at the Fillmore

Review + Photos: Matthew Sweet and the Dream Syndicate at the Fillmore

Matthew Sweet (photo: Patric Carver)

There is no better place to see a show in San Francisco than the Fillmore. It’s big but not too big. It’s got great sound. [...]

By |October 29, 2018|1 Comment

Review + Photos: The Joy Formidable at the Independent

The Joy Formidable (photo: Patric Carver)

The Joy Formidable returned to San Francisco Friday night at the Independent. Tancred was orginaly set to join them as the opening act, but [...]

By |October 25, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: The Joy Formidable at the Independent

Review + Photos: Liz Phair at the Fillmore

Liz Phair (photo: Patric Carver)

I think there’s never going to be a moment in history that more perfectly casually intersects than the mid-'90s “Girl Power” movement with the current [...]

By |September 25, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Liz Phair at the Fillmore

Ellisa Sun gives the Bay Area ‘Just a Little More’

(photo: JJ Casas)

Up until recently, Ellisa Sun's base of operations was right here in the Bay Area. That was until she and her partner, percussionist Ken Michienzi, decided to purchase [...]

By |September 6, 2018|Comments Off on Ellisa Sun gives the Bay Area ‘Just a Little More’

Review + Photos: Poster Children at Café du Nord

Poster Children (photo: Patric Carver)

Of all the scenes in The Exorcist, the one that strikes me the most is arguably the least flashy. There’s no contortionism, no projectile vomit. [...]

By |August 22, 2018|1 Comment

Photos + Review: Love Jerks melt hearts at the Uptown

Love Jerks (photo: Patric Carver)

“This first song...this song comes from a time when I was really yearning. I was very yearnful.”

That’s how Love Jerks kicked things off last Thursday [...]

By |August 22, 2018|1 Comment
  • The Mummies at Burger Booglaoo 2018 in Mosswood Park, by SarahJayn Kemp
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    Review + Photos: This year’s Boogaloo remained gorgeously grotesque

Review + Photos: This year’s Boogaloo remained gorgeously grotesque

The Damned (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

I’ve always loved that punk rock is all spikes and chain-smoking from the outside and arts and crafts from the inside. Burger Boogaloo, the annual [...]

  • Hubba Hubba Revue Presents Blacks Arts Matter: Juneteenth at the DNA Lounge, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: Monday Night Hubba presents ‘Black Arts Matter: Juneteenth’

Review + Photos: Monday Night Hubba presents ‘Black Arts Matter: Juneteenth’

Monday Night Hubba - Blacks Arts Matter: Juneteenth (photo: Patric Carver)Hubba Hubba Revue hosts a cozy burlesque affair in the upstairs annex at DNA Lounge every Monday. This past [...]

By |June 26, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Monday Night Hubba presents ‘Black Arts Matter: Juneteenth’

Review + Photos: Johnny Marr at August Hall

Johnny Marr (photo: Patric Carver)

I’m not one for organized religion, but I am starting to believe we are living in the End Times.

It’s not just that things aren’t going [...]

By |June 12, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Johnny Marr at August Hall
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