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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.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview – Collabro, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Winners, on New Album ‘Act Two’ and American Concert Debut


The five-piece vocal group debuts in New York and Los Angeles as its sophomore album soars in the UK and aims for American success. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘The Weir’ by Conor McPherson at the Irish Repertory Theatre

The Irish Repertory Theatre’s production of Conor McPherson’s THE WEIR, directed by Ciarán O'Reilly. Pictured, L. to R.: John Keating, Sean Gormley, Tim Ruddy, Paul O'Brien and Amanda Quaid Photo Credit: CAROL ROSEGG

A the denizens of an Irish country pub chat and gossip, then go on to spin the supernatural tales that are the meat of the drama, a vivid outside world of time and space unfolds – and a world beyond as well. Read More »

Music Review: Jonathan Edwards – ‘Tomorrow’s Child’

Jonathan Edwards Tomorrow's Child

The crisp energy of the album's expertly performed acoustic arrangements, produced by the great singer-songwriter and all-around instrumentalist Darrell Scott, makes the songs feel both timeless and timely. Read More »

Win a Signed Copy of New Biography ‘Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll’ by Fred Goodman

allen klein biography beatles rolling stones

A veteran music journalist 'tells the full story of how the Beatles broke up, how the Stones achieved the greatest commercial success in rock history, and how the music business became what it is today.' Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Interview and Playlist Debut – Singer-Songwriter Emily West on her ‘Breakup Songs’ Spotify Playlist

Emily West All for You

Streaming services like Spotify are taking us "back to the future" in a way, reminiscent of the days of free-form radio DJs. Except that today, artists themselves are designing some of these creative, meaningful playlists. Emily West's new Spotify playlist is a prime example. Read More »

Music Reviews: Jazz and Beyond from Bassists Kyle Eastwood and Georg Breinschmid


Two recent releases from bassist-bandleaders show how jazz continues to thrive in the most disparate of musical "cultures," even with its relatively small, specialized audience. Read More »

Theater Review (Off-Broadway): Alicia Silverstone and Heather Lind in ‘Of Good Stock’ by Melissa Ross

Of Good Stock Manhattan Theatre Club - Stage I Cast List: Kelly AuCoin Greg Keller Heather Lind Nate Miller Jennifer Mudge Alicia Silverstone Production Credits: Lynne Meadow (director) Santo Loquasto (scenic design) Tom Broecker (costume design) Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design) Jill BC DuBoff (sound design) Other Credits: Written by: Melissa Ross

At a moment when lots of theater companies are experimenting with "immersive" productions, a solid traditional one like this meaty comedy, with all the creative pieces fitting together just right, is the true immersive art. Read More »

Music Review: Miguel – ‘Wildheart’

Miguel Wildheart

Just about every song bears the imprint of a thoughtful survey of pop music styles from the 1960s to today. If they don't all reach the heights to which they aspire, enough do to make the album one of the more creative pop efforts of the year, and the best are hypnotically compelling. Read More »

Film Fans Rank Ripley, Buffy in Movie and TV Character Top 10s

buffy the vampire slayer

But they're the only two female characters 'Empire' readers voted into their Top 10 character lists. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Pride and Prejudice’ – a Musical Adaptation of Jane Austen’s Novel

Pride and Prejudice Theater for the New City

A commendable cast is let down by the material in this big, ambitious show. 'Pride and Prejudice' is still a darn good story, but this musical doesn't do it very proud. Read More »