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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.

Theater Review: Staged Reading of ‘I’ll Say She Is,’ ‘Lost’ Marx Brothers Musical Not Seen for 90 Years

I'll Say She Is

'I'll Say She Is' will get a full production this summer at the New York Fringe Festival. Before this weekend's staged readings, the Marx Brothers' first Broadway musical hadn't been seen in any form in 90 years. Read More »

Music Review: Tina and the B-Sides – ‘Barricade’

Tina and the B-Sides

Tina Schlieske's gutsy singing and songwriting both owe much to her predecessors in bluesy soul, but while any of these 12 songs might remind you of something, they sound anything but tired. Read More »

Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 8: Prehistoric Malta

Dingli Cliffs, Malta

The 1953 movie 'Malta Story' made me want to visit that tiny Mediterranean country so disproportionately weighted with lore from prehistoric times to WWII. Read More »

Music Review: War – ‘Evolutionary’

lemore_casino

Unlike most bands from the classic rock era, War's style never quite went "out of style" the way, say, southern rock or progressive rock did. Funky is still funky. Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Stream Advance Track from WAR’s New Studio Album ‘Evolutionary’ and Win New 2-CD Set

war evolutionary

Win a copy of War's first new studio album in two decades together with the first-ever CD release of the band's 1976 'Greatest Hits.' Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Jane the Plain’ by August Schulenburg

Alisha Spielmann and Chinaza Uche

Schulenberg marshals all his gifts for comedy, poetry, scintillating wordplay and magical realism in his latest Flux Theatre bouquet – until it all runs away from him. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Intermission’ by Daniel Libman

intermission

This crisply paced and well-acted new play takes a metafictional look at the hard consequences of manipulating others. Read More »

Nazareth’s New Album May Be Last for Singer Dan McCafferty

Nazareth

The place of Nazareth, the band, in the rock and roll pantheon has long been assured, and they're continuing to add to their catalog with a brand-new studio album coming out June 3. Read More »

Music Review: 9Bach – ‘Tincian’

9bach-tincian

A Welsh band combines modern sounds and folk themes in a set of songs beautifully sung in the Welsh language. Read More »

Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 7: Ragusa and Noto

Chiesa di San Francesco all'Immacolata, Noto, Sicily

The great earthquake of 1693 left its mark on the people of Sicily, and on architecture and city planning as well. Read More »