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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.

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 »

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 »