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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.

Music Review: Indie Roundup – Jeff Ellis, The Villains, Anna Wilson

The Villains A Little Something for the Pain

Three new albums in different styles all hark back to the 1970s in different ways. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Mr. Landing Takes a Fall’ by Sari Caine

Adam LeFevre, Kathryn Rossetter, Sari Caine and David Rigo in 'Mr. Landing Takes a Fall.' Photo by Eric Carter

Inspired by 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?', this new production from Slightly Altered States is absurd, emotionally acute, Python-esque, brilliantly acted, and ultimately incomprehensible. Read More »

Concert Review: Chiara String Quartet, All-Bartók Program at Bargemusic, Brooklyn, NY 9/26/2014

The Chiara Quartet, photo by Roger Ressmeyer

The composer integrated modern 20th century styles and folk music from North Africa and elsewhere in his string quartets. Read More »

Classical Superstars Lang Lang and Joshua Bell Both Releasing New Albums September 30

Lang Lang at piano

Pianist Lang Lang's new double album is dedicated entirely to Mozart, while Bell's recording is all Bach. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Hunting Gun,’ ‘Bullfight,’ and ‘Life of a Counterfeiter’ by Yasushi Inoue

Yaushi Inoue

Inoue's early works cast a light upon a period of Japanese history, the post-World War Two period, that is little known to most English-speaking readers. They also reveal why he is as venerated as he is. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Valley of Astonishment’ by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne

Kathryn Hunter in The Valley of Astonishment

Stories of synaesthesia inspired by Oliver Sacks, a celebrated mnemonist, and an ancient Sufi poem. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Embers’ by Samuel Beckett

pan pan theatre embers samuel beckett

'Embers' succeeds a good deal more dramatically than one might have expected from a radio play transferred to the stage. Read More »

Music Review: Dina Regine – ‘Right On, Alright’

dina regine right on alright

Not just a fine songwriter and singer, Dina Regine also has a wide-ranging sensibility infused with the history of the great pop music of the past half century. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Bedbugs!!!’ the Musical by Paul Leschen and Fred Sauter

Chris Hall as Cimex (center) surrounded by his loyal bedbug followers in 'Bedbugs!!!' at the ArcLight Theatre. Photo by Rex Bonomelli

This deliciously campy show has so much frenzied, blood-sucking energy the small ArcLight theater can hardly contain it. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Albums and Tours from Ariana Grande, One Direction, Mary J. Blige, U2, Seth MacFarlane and More

ariana grande my everything

The fall season is upon us, and with it an onslaught of splashy new releases from marquee artists and labels clamoring for our attention. Read More »