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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: Delta Rae – ‘After It All’

Delta Rae

The new album from the hard-to-define but easy-to-love band is full of soaring melodies and a deep-hearted, determined, and joyful feel. Read More »

Chile Travel: Two Weeks in Chile, Part 4 of 4 – The Atacama Desert

Vicuñas, Atacama Desert, Chile

It may be the driest desert in the world, but the Atacama Desert is full of spectacular landscapes and fascinating phenomena to see and experience. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Music Hall’ by Jean-Luc Lagarce, from TUTA Theatre Chicago

Jeffrey Binder in MUSIC HALL, a TUTA Theatre Chicago production at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Anthony La Penna

In this sharp, funny piece of meta-theater, an Artiste's dress and boa and bling add up to sadness more than glitter. Read More »

Interview: Ray Wylie Hubbard on His New Album, Writing with Brooks & Dunn’s Ronnie Dunn, and Craft and Inspiration

Ray Wylie Hubbard

'I'm not really a full-tilt blues guy or a full-tilt folk guy or a full-tilt country guy or a full-tilt rock guy, I've been influenced by all those forms of music and I enjoy 'em all. So it's a good place for a songwriter to be, where you just don't have to think about the future of the song. I just write.' Read More »

HBO Documentary and ‘Ultimate Sinatra’ CD/LP Collection Mark 100th Birth Anniversary of Frank Sinatra

ultimate sinatra

A new documentary tells Sinatra's story through archived interviews and commentary from friends and family; the new collection 'Ultimate Sinatra' is packed with key recordings from Sinatra's recording career. Read More »

Joan Baez Honored by Library of Congress and Amnesty International

Joan Baez

The human rights organization will honor the folk singer along with Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei at a ceremony in Berlin in May. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Feast’ by Cory Finley at The Flea Theater

Ivan Dolido and Marlowe Holden in 'The Feast' at The Flea Theater. Photo by Bjorn Bolinder

A couple's surface sheen hides serious interpersonal, perhaps psychological problems - and Matt's bathroom is a gateway to much more than innocuous pipes and sewers. Or is it? Read More »

Concert Review: Wayward Sisters, ‘The Naughty List’ (NYC, March 19, 2015)

Wayward Sisters Early Music

This concert of Early Music presented by Music Before 1800 was just plain fun, thanks to the music's spirited beauty and Wayward Sisters' infectious energy. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Lonesome Traveler’ by James O’Neil Revives the Folk Music Revival

Sylvie Davidson, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Justin Flagg and Matty Charles in LONESOME TRAVELER at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Carol Rosegg

A cast of talented singer-actor-musicians recreate performances by a raft of artists and groups from the folk music revival of the 1950s and early '60s. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Recordings and Tours from Modest Mouse, Shania Twain, Mumford & Sons, Joan Armatrading, My Morning Jacket, Josh Groban and More

Modest Mouse

Plus Tori Amos, John Patitucci, Wale, Zac Brown Band, Johnny Winter, Tony Bennett & Bill Evans, and More Read More »