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/

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 [...]

By |May 1, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Swervedriver at the Fillmore

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

Video Premiere: Rob Jamner, “Holding Stones”

(photo: Kersh Branz)

In support of his new EP, Holding Stones, recording artist Rob Jamner has commissioned five video artists to create music videos that he hopes will be seen [...]

Review + Photos: Bob Mould at the Fillmore

Bob Mould (photo: Patric Carver)

Bay Area, what did we ever do to deserve Bob Mould? The seasoned premier foster parent of the Midwest punk scene returned to his current [...]

By |March 10, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Bob Mould at the Fillmore

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
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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
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