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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.

I Shall Be Released: New Releases and Tours from Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, Alex & Sierra, The Allman Brothers and More

maroon 5

From dinosaur acts to 'X Factor' winners, there's big news from top artists, music icons, and hot up-and-comers this week. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story’ Off-Broadway

Zak Resnick and Gabrielle Ruiz. Photo by Jenny Anderson

Glorious music overshadows some rickety storytelling in this joyful jukebox musical about "one of the great untold stories of rock and roll." Read More »

Music Review: Elvin Bishop – ‘Can’t Even Do Wrong Right’

Elvin Bishop "Can't Even Do Wrong Right."

Bishop, his band, and guest stars including Charlie Musselwhite and Willie Jordan chug through a cross-section of blues styles with a sense of history and a sense of humor. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Releases and Tours from Steve Aoki, Weird Al Yankovic, Seether, Skid Row and More

Steve Aoki

From Skid Row to Vashti Bunyan to Steve Aoki to Ted Nugent, there's big news from several generations of musical icons this week. Read More »

Music Review: John Hiatt – ‘Terms of My Surrender’

John Hiatt

Though at age 61 the "Troubadour Folk Singer Blues Guy" may have lost the top of his vocal register, he continues to plumb the rich depths of his art. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Releases and Tours from Robert Plant, Ministry, Jimmy Eat World, Imogen Heap, Kings of Leon and More

kings of leon

From Jerry Lee Lewis to Living Colour to Kings of Leon, there's big news from many generations of music this week. Read More »

Music Review: Brigitte DeMeyer – ‘Savannah Road’

Brigitte DeMeyer

DeMeyer's sixth album, co-written with Will Kimbrough, is one of the year's best Americana/roots-music releases. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Other Mozart’ by Sylvia Milo

Sylvia Milo in THE OTHER MOZART. Photo by by Charlotte Dobre

Mozart's sister has been the subject of several novels and a film, but it's hard to imagine anyone can have brought her back to life with as much vivid urgency as Sylvia Milo does on stage. Read More »

Interview: Pianist Yoonie Han on Her Debut Album ‘Love and Longing’

Yoonie Han in Dolce and Gabbana

The pianist explores love and longing on her debut release on the Steinway & Sons label, with music by Schubert, Liszt, Prokofiev, Granados and more. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Releases from Queen, Melissa Etheridge, Billy Idol, Wire, Diana Krall, ZZ Top and More

queen the band

Our new weekly roundup of major new music releases. Read More »