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Jon Sobel is an Executive Editor of Blogcritics as well as lead editor of the Culture & Society section. As a writer he contributes most often to Culture, where he reviews NYC theater; he also covers interesting music releases. He writes the blog Park Odyssey, for which he is visiting and blogging every park in New York City—over a thousand of them. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. By night he's a working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

Music Review: John Hiatt – ‘Terms of My Surrender’

John Hiatt

Though at age 61 the "Troubadour Folk Singer Blues Guy" may have lost the top of his vocal register, he continues to plumb the rich depths of his art. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Releases and Tours from Robert Plant, Ministry, Jimmy Eat World, Imogen Heap, Kings of Leon and More

kings of leon

From Jerry Lee Lewis to Living Colour to Kings of Leon, there's big news from many generations of music this week. Read More »

Music Review: Brigitte DeMeyer – ‘Savannah Road’

Brigitte DeMeyer

DeMeyer's sixth album, co-written with Will Kimbrough, is one of the year's best Americana/roots-music releases. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Other Mozart’ by Sylvia Milo

Sylvia Milo in THE OTHER MOZART. Photo by by Charlotte Dobre

Mozart's sister has been the subject of several novels and a film, but it's hard to imagine anyone can have brought her back to life with as much vivid urgency as Sylvia Milo does on stage. Read More »

Interview: Pianist Yoonie Han on Her Debut Album ‘Love and Longing’

Yoonie Han in Dolce and Gabbana

The pianist explores love and longing on her debut release on the Steinway & Sons label, with music by Schubert, Liszt, Prokofiev, Granados and more. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Releases from Queen, Melissa Etheridge, Billy Idol, Wire, Diana Krall, ZZ Top and More

queen the band

Our new weekly roundup of major new music releases. Read More »

Theater Review (Broadway): ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’ Based on Lyrics by Tupac Shakur

Holler If Ya Hear Me

Theatrical spectacle can derive both its meaning and its power from any number of forms of expression. But no one had tried using pure rap on a Broadway scale before. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Power Plays’ – Short Plays by Neil LaBute, John Guare, David Henry Hwang, Bekah Brunstetter, and Bruce Graham

Power Plays

This collection of short plays by five playwrights offers something of a master class in the many styles of contemporary writing for the stage. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC): Aaron Copland’s ‘The Tender Land’ at the Chelsea Opera

Leonarda Priore (Ma Moss) in Chelsea Opera's 'The Tender Land' by Aaron Copland, Photo Credit: Robert J. Saferstein

Copland Dust Bowl "folk opera" still feels fresh and interesting on its 60th anniversary in this impressive production from Chelsea Opera. Read More »

Bland Tony Awards Telecast a Limp Plug for Broadway

neil-patrick-harris-hedwig

Broadway razzle-dazzle is alive and kicking, but would these production numbers, in and of themselves, have made me want to see the shows? Mostly not. Read More »