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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.

Rebels, Commanders, and the Force Awakens: What Star Wars Time Period has the Most New-Storyline Potential?

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EXCLUSIVE: Premiere from Debut Album ‘Portrait’ by Itamar Zorman, Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition Winner

Itamar Zorman, photo by Richard Blinkoff

Whether on stage or in the recording studio, Zorman brings the requisite energy to the music of different centuries. Read More »

Music Review: Jazz-Crossover Albums from Roger Davidson, Gary Gray, and Pascal Bokar

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These albums are excellent reminders that genre labels have their limits, a testament not to anyone's lack of imagination but to the universality of this thing we call music. Read More »

A Dummy’s Guide to Destroying the Death Star

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Music Review: The Vespers – ‘Sisters and Brothers’

The Vespers Sisters and Brothers CD cover

This quartet of two sisters and two brothers write and record anthemic Americana songs that thump and shine in equal measure. Read More »

Music Review: Gurf Morlix – ‘Eatin’ At Me’

Gurf Morlix, photo by Lynne Hawrelko

Morlix's new album of all original songs is a beautifully produced work of dusty Americana. Read More »

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Emily West (“Chandelier”) Talks About Working with Cyndi Lauper

Emily West America's Got Talent Chandelier

As her album release approaches, the 'America's Got Talent' finalist talks about working with the '80s pop legend and Tony Award winner. Read More »

Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Giveaway: ‘Owsley and Me: My LSD Family’ Memoir by Rhoney Gissen Stanley

Owsley and Me My LSD Family book cover

Stanley's memoir chronicles her life working in the Acid King's lab, and as the third angle in a love triangle, and later under the care of the Grateful Dead. Read More »

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Emily West Talks About Making Her ‘Chandelier’ Video

Emily West America's Got Talent Chandelier

As her album release approaches, the 'America's Got Talent' finalist talks about making her 'Chandelier' video after her 'AGT' performance of the Sia hit went viral. Read More »

Chile Travel: Two Weeks in Chile, Part 2 of 4 – Valparaíso

Museo de Bellas Artes de Valparaiso Chile

Valparaíso has been a major commercial port since the early 1800s, and as such it has a history as international as that of Santiago. Read More »