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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.

Theater Review (NYC Fringe): ‘Over’ by Dave Chapman

Becky Byers ('Tabitha') and Adam Belvo ('Jack') rehearsing for NYC Fringe production of 'Over' by Dave Chapman

Breaking up is hard to do – in more ways than one. Read More »

Music Review: Maya Beiser – ‘Uncovered’

maya beiser uncovered

Cellist Maya Beiser takes a serious journey into the heart of serious rock, and we're the beneficiaries. Read More »

Interview: Somi on Her Major Label Debut, ‘The Lagos Music Salon’

Somi The Lagos Music Salon

Somi's "New African Jazz" style comes out of her lengthy stays in Lagos, Nigeria. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Releases and Tours from Caleb Johnson, Kris Allen, Ne-Yo, Sinéad O’Connor, Stevie Nicks, Somi and More

caleb johnson

From American Idol winners to Stanley Clarke to Stevie Nicks and Ne-Yo, there's major news from top artists, music icons, and hot up-and-comers this week. Read More »

Music Review: Ruthie Foster – ‘Promise of a Brand New Day’

ruthie foster promise of a brand new day album cover

Ruthie Foster artfully walks a line too fine for almost anyone else: the line between the blues, soul and gospel traditions on the one hand, and folk-pop on the other. Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Video Debut – Organ Superstar Cameron Carpenter’s Title-Track Video ‘If You Could Read My Mind’

Cameron Carpenter

Carpenter's self-designed International Touring Organ (ITO) dispenses with pipes in favor of digitized sounds. Read More »

Want to Learn to Dance from Justin Bieber’s Choreographer? Win a ‘Believe Tour Dance Experience’ DVD or Blu-ray from Blogcritics

justin bieber believe

Justin Bieber's choreographer Nick DeMoura teaches you the hottest dance moves seen on stage on the 'Believe' tour. Pre-order now, or win a copy from us! Read More »

Music Review: Stile Antico – ‘From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg’

stile antico from the imperial court

Few Early Music groups have become as integral a part of the performance landscape as the British group Stile Antico. Read More »

Win a Copy of the New Allman Brothers Box Set ‘The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings’ from Blogcritics

Photo: Bob Johnson/ABB Archives

Remastered in 5.1 Surround Sound, the box set has 37 tracks includes all four performances from the legendary weekend of March 12-13, plus the band's headlining set from the Fillmore East's closing weekend. Read More »

Music Review: Christopher Denny – ‘If the Roses Don’t Kill Us’

Christopher Denny - If the Roses Don't Kill Us

Songsmith Christopher Denny bends his vibrato-heavy tenor and tune-building talent in interesting lyrical directions. Read More »