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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.

Concert Review: New York Choral Society and Mannes Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with the Young People’s Chorus of NYC (April 8, 2015)

David Hayes conducts the New York Choral Society. Photo courtesy of the New York Choral Society

Conductor David Hayes paired memorial works by Paul Hindemith (WWII) and John Adams (9-11) in a revelatory concert. Read More »

Music Review: ‘Ultimate Sinatra’ 4-CD Collection

ultimate sinatra

The four-CD and digital deluxe editions of 'Ultimate Sinatra' offer a top-quality survey of the best work "The Voice" did during every stage of his recording career. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: Music News from Flo Rida, Colbie Caillat, Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones, Dwight Yoakam, Marilyn Manson and More

Plain White T's

Plus Christina Perri, Rob Thomas, The Plain White T’s, Nate Ruess of fun., The Smashing Pumpkins, David Sanborn, Mavis Staples, Jeff Beck, James Taylor, and More Read More »

Win Tori Amos ‘Little Earthquakes’ and ‘Under The Pink’ New 2-CD Deluxe Editions

tori amos under the pink

Rhino's newly remastered reissues of Tori Amos's debut and sophomore releases each include an entire disc of rare B-sides and bonus tracks. Read More »

Music Review: New Recordings of the Saint-Saëns Piano Trios and Brahms Clarinet Sonatas

Trio Latitude 41 Saint-Saens

Two new recordings of Romantic-era music from France and Germany are revealing in different ways. Read More »

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 »