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Author Archives: Jon Sobel

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: The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero in New York

In which we witness the pressure cooker of twenty-first century teenage life with what feels like scary accuracy. Read More »

Theater Review: Dark of the Moon in New York

A big, cathartic drama, messy with the joy, the mystery, and the love of theater. Read More »

Theater Review: Penetrator in New York

The male psyche is a fragile thing. Read More »

Music Review: Indie Round-Up – Oldies, Goodies, and Bands from Down Under

The Stone Coyotes might be making the purest rock of any band working today. Read More »

Music Review: The Soft Parade (40th Anniversary Mix) by The Doors

Pop-oriented arrangements carried the Doors far from their stripped-down, bluesy roots, with some questionable results. Read More »

Theater Review: North of Providence in New York City

Never has a humble bologna sandwich channeled more emotion. Read More »

Music Review: Jonathan Coulton, Live at Union Hall

You come for the funny, you stay for the music. Read More »

Book Review: The Grand Illusion: Love, Lies, and My Life with Styx by Chuck Panozzo with Michele Skettino

How a closeted gay musician dealt with the "manly" world of rock, the AIDS epidemic, and his own demons. Read More »

Music Review: Indie Round-Up – Women and Children First

Good children's music doesn't "sing down" to kids, and this CD meets that requirement. Read More »

Music Review: Indie Round-Up – James, Jacobsen, Pagan, Cook, Scotty Don’t

Cook's sensitivity to the importance of empty space is something young performers don't usually develop so early in their careers. Read More »