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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.

I Shall Be Released: New Recordings and Tours from Nicki Minaj, Neil Young, Lee Ann Womack, Willie Nelson and More

Jack Bruce

Plus Everclear, Cracker, Jason Marsalis, Soundgarden, Cream (R.I.P. Jack Bruce) and R.E.M. Read More »

Concert Review: Bassekou Kouyate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC, 10/30/14)

Bassekou Kouyate playing the ngoni

Kouyate is so heavily identified with the West African lute called the ngoni that the instrument's Wikipedia page features a photo of him. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Lying’ by Matt Opatrny, Based on Lauren Slater’s Memoir

Lying by Blessed Unrest

Blessed Unrest's adaptation of the controversial psychologist's "metaphorical memoir" delivers a powerful punch to both lobes of the brain. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War’ by Carol J. Oja

Leonard Bernstein

Just in time for the new Broadway revival of 'On the Town' comes a new book showing how the show, with music by Leonard Bernstein, was as groundbreaking socially and politically as it was artistically. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Pumpkin Pie Show: Seasick’ by Clay McLeod Chapman

Abe Goldfarb, Brian Silliman, Hanna Cheek & Clay McLeod Chapman - Pumpkin Pie Show

In a nation where media hype is stirring anxiety about a very difficult-to-catch virus into near-panic, it's good to laugh, and especially good to laugh at our own fears. Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Odd Birdz’ by Israeli Comedy Troupe Tziporela

tziporela odd birdz

'Odd Birdz' combines a hint of vaudeville and a touch of the Marx Brothers with moments of zany 'Laugh-In'-era humor and a dose of performance-art archness. Read More »

Concert Review: John Adams with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and the Brentano String Quartet at Avery Fisher Hall, NYC 10/19/2014

Composer John Adams, photo by Margaretta Mitchell

Composer John Adams led the musicians in Beethoven, Stravinsky, and his own "Absolute Jest," a wonderful new work by a composer at the top of his game. Read More »

Concert Review: Chiara String Quartet, All-Bartók Program at Bargemusic, Brooklyn, NY 10/17/2014

The Chiara Quartet, photo by Roger Ressmeyer

The composer integrated modern 20th century styles and folk music from North Africa and elsewhere in his six string quartets. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Six Passionate Women’ by Mario Fratti

Six Passionate Women by Mario Fratti at Theater for the New City

This comedy inspired by Federico Fellini's filmmaking foibles and womanizing ways starts amusingly, but ultimately disappoints. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Recordings and Tours from David Guetta, Wu-Tang Clan, Placido Domingo, Wiz Khalifa, Jeff Beck and More

David Guetta

Plus a new children's holiday album from Farmer Jason (of Jason and the Scorchers), a concert DVD from Depeche Mode, and a reissued lost classic from The Byrds' Gene Clark. Read More »