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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. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting at you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at where he visits every park in New York City. And by night he's a part-time working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

Music Review: Stile Antico – ‘Sing With the Voice of Melody,’ Early Music Polyphony Choir’s 10th Anniversary Favorites

stile antico sing with the voice of melody renaissance polyphony

While the English choir applies a constant smooth tonality to its performances, these can still feel fresh, the centuries-old music almost as much as the recent. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Off-Broadway): ‘Unveiled’ Written and Performed by Rohina Malik

Rohia Malik in 'Unveiled' at the 4th Street Theatre. Photo courtesy of Voyage Theater Company

In her five monologues about post-9/11 anti-Muslim sentiment, Malik comes across as one of those actors whose performances seem powered as much by moral spirit as by craft. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘A Human Being Died That Night’ by Nicholas Wright Explores Apartheid’s Psychology and Legacy

Noma Dumezweni and Matthew Marsh in 'A Human Being Died That Night.' Photo by Jesse Kramer

There are no simple answers, and perhaps the worst part of the whole long episode is that, as de Kock tells Pumla at the end, "We killed a lot of people, they killed some of ours, and we fought for nothing…We fought each other basically, eventually, for nothing at all." Read More »

2Cellos Interview and ‘Celloverse’ Giveaway: Stjepan Hauser of 2Cellos Answers Our Questions, and You Can Win a Signed Copy of Their Latest CD

2Cellos Celloverse

'We had this big desire to attract a wider audience, and make young people interested in the instrument and great music in general.' Read More »

Concert-Theater Review: ‘L’Amfiparnaso,’ a Madrigal Comedy from 1594 by Orazio Vecchi Performed by The Western Wind

l'amfiparnaso western wind

Voices simulate the ringing of bells and the knocking-on of doors as effectively as they convey the desperation of foiled lovers, the comic scheming of the servant class, and the self-satisfied prancing of the smug. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Broadway): Darren Criss in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Belasco Theatre, Darren Criss, Rebecca Naomi Jones

A towering performance by the former 'Glee' star is a revelation. Read More »

Music Reviews: Jazz for the Jazz-Shy from John Tropea, Pat Bianchi Trio, and the Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble

gary mcfarland

Gary McFarland, the jazz musician, composer and arranger who 'should have been a pop star,' left behind and eclectic discography and a wealth of superb material that deserves just such a tribute as this. Read More »

Music Reviews: Reverend Freakchild – ‘Hillbilly Zen-Punk Blues'; Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank – ‘American Shuffle’

hobo nephews of uncle frank american shuffle

Chunky grooves, spidery guitar, and homespun philosophy fuel the aptly named 'Hillbilly Zen-Punk Blues,' the latest and best-yet release from Reverend Freakchild. Read More »

Music Review: Jethro Tull – ‘Minstrel in the Gallery 40th Anniversary: La Grande Édition’

Minstrel in the Gallery 40th Anniversary

Excellent new mixes, though not much concert video, in a new 2CD/2DVD edition of the classic prog-rock album from 1975. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): Simon Callow in ‘Tuesdays at Tesco’s’ by Emmanuel Darley

Simon Callow in TUESDAYS AT TESCO’S, part of Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Carol Rosegg

Simon Callow's extravagant, finely polished, emotionally and comically transcendent performance is in New York until June 7. Read More »