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/

Review: Pere Ubu preserves the chaos at Slim’s

Pere Ubu (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

Leave it to a couple of nice boys from the Midwest to draw a crowd on a weeknight: Pere Ubu, fronted by legendary eccentric and [...]

By |December 8, 2016|Comments Off on Review: Pere Ubu preserves the chaos at Slim’s
  • Ruby at the DNA Lounge by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: Ruby brings contradiction and comfortable chaos to DNA Lounge

Review + Photos: Ruby brings contradiction and comfortable chaos to DNA Lounge

Ruby (photo: Patric Carver)

Lesley Rankine (formerly of Silverfish) brought her current project, Ruby, to the DNA Lounge Thursday, December 1, 2016.

The Ruby sound and experience slips between genres and contexts. [...]

By |December 6, 2016|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Ruby brings contradiction and comfortable chaos to DNA Lounge
  • Dark Cabaret at Great Star Theater, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: Paul Nathan’s Dark Kabaret shines a light in Chinatown

Review + Photos: Paul Nathan’s Dark Kabaret shines a light in Chinatown

Dark Cabaret (photo: Patric Carver)

Fifteen years ago, Paul Nathan’s parents made a request. They wanted to see their son perform. Most performers might indulge their parents by sending them [...]

By |November 22, 2016|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Paul Nathan’s Dark Kabaret shines a light in Chinatown
  • Car Seat Headrest at the Great American Music Hall, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: Car Seat Headrest come back to the Bay at Great American

Review + Photos: Car Seat Headrest come back to the Bay at Great American

Car Seat Headrest (photo: Patric Carver)

As recently-christened champions of indie rock, Car Seat Headrest played their fourth victory lap this year through San Francisco on November 14, 2016. The [...]

By |November 17, 2016|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Car Seat Headrest come back to the Bay at Great American
  • Pansy Division at Bottom of the Hill, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: Pansy Division unites the crowd at Bottom of the Hill

Review + Photos: Pansy Division unites the crowd at Bottom of the Hill

Pansy Division (photo: Patric Carver)

It’s been said that the goal of punk rock is to dissolve the barrier between stage and audience. On Friday, November 11, three bands came [...]

By |November 16, 2016|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Pansy Division unites the crowd at Bottom of the Hill
  • PORCH at the Hemlock Tavern, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: PORCH front lively local lineup at Hemlock Tavern

Review + Photos: PORCH front lively local lineup at Hemlock Tavern

PORCH (photo: Patric Carver)

Hurry Up Shotgun started off the night by ripping into a positively aerobic set, where making music seemed more of a physical than cerebral activity. The guitar [...]

By |November 8, 2016|Comments Off on Review + Photos: PORCH front lively local lineup at Hemlock Tavern
  • Poster Children at Bottom of the Hill, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: Taxes pay their dues while Poster Children light up Bottom of the Hill

Review + Photos: Taxes pay their dues while Poster Children light up Bottom of the Hill

Poster Children (photo: Patric Carver)

Bottom of the Hill is celebrating their 25th anniversary as a central force in the local music scene, so it is fitting that pivotal rockers Poster Children would [...]

By |October 17, 2016|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Taxes pay their dues while Poster Children light up Bottom of the Hill
  • Kat Robichaud's Misfit Cabaret at Great Star Theater, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: A very bloody Misfit Cabaret at Great Star Theater

Review + Photos: A very bloody Misfit Cabaret at Great Star Theater

A Very Bloody Misfit Cabaret (photo: Patric Carver)

Kat Robichaud knows how to put on a good show. From the moment she welcomed her audience on stage in a ruffled, yellowing [...]

By |October 11, 2016|Comments Off on Review + Photos: A very bloody Misfit Cabaret at Great Star Theater
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