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/
  • Californicorns at the Great American Music Hall, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: The Damn Fanatics bring PianoFight to Great American Music Hall

Review + Photos: The Damn Fanatics bring PianoFight to Great American Music Hall

The Damn Fanatics (photo: Patric Carver)

I don’t know about you, but I did not enjoy going to my senior prom. A friend of mine had to remind me of [...]

By |March 27, 2018|1 Comment

Review + Photos: Roger Daltrey’s one-Who punch at the Fox

Roger Daltrey (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

I walked into the Fox on Thursday just as opener Leslie Mendelson was cutting into a charming rendition of "Blue Bayou." I’m not usually a [...]

By |March 20, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Roger Daltrey’s one-Who punch at the Fox

Review + Photos: Buffalo Tom at the Independent

Buffalo Tom (photo: Patric Carver)

What is it about Massachusetts? That state cranks out some awesomely ugly-seeming bands with a gorgeous sound. Chaotic and grimy but sometimes paralyzingly beautiful, there’s [...]

By |March 7, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Buffalo Tom at the Independent
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    Well, Actually: Adventures in mansplaining in our music community

Well, Actually: Adventures in mansplaining in our music community

When I was a kid, my dad owned a coin-operated machine business. On any given day, our house had a couple of defunct arcade games with their circuit boards [...]

By |March 2, 2018|Comments Off on Well, Actually: Adventures in mansplaining in our music community

Review + Photos: Nice guys finish first at Art Boutiki show

Trip Wire (photo: Patric Carver)

Walking into Art Boutiki in San Jose was like stepping into a time machine. The front room, a comic book store, had this mid-'90s feel [...]

By |February 15, 2018|1 Comment

Review + Photos: The Edwardian Ball at the Regency Ballroom

The Edwardian Ball (photo: Patric Carver)

“Prithee, good lady, might I immortalize you tonight?”

I turned around to see a man dressed from top hat to spats in gilded, early-20th-century threads [...]

By |February 1, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: The Edwardian Ball at the Regency Ballroom

Review + Photos: Luna at the Fillmore

Luna (photo: Patric Carver)

Friday night, Luna returned to the Bay Area with openers Big Search at the Fillmore.

Big Search played a strong set. Their sound has the romantic charm [...]

By |January 31, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Luna at the Fillmore

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
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