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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.

Music Review: Indie Round-Up

Pete Wernick's Flexigrass is a truly unique fusion of bluegrass and old-time jazz. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists – Song of America

Less postmodern, shoegazing gloom and more rock and roll spirit would have given the whole collection more color. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Love of a Pig by Leslie Caveny

A sprightly, almost scarily talented cast spins a hackneyed premise into a perfect piece of salty-sweet fun. Read More »

Book Review: Net, Blogs and Rock ‘n’ Roll by David Jennings

A neat synthesis of the intersection of human nature and technological trends. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists, People Take Warning!: Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938

An extensive sampling of what Tom Waits calls in the liner notes the "oral tabloids of the day." Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): I Used to Write on Walls by Bekah Brunstetter

These women are fully realized people at the mercy of a complexity of forces, some programmed right into their own natures. Read More »

Music Review: Indie Round-Up – Too Much Music

Diego Sandrin's new CD is quietly bracing, like a splash of bay rum on the hot old face. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): The Lady Swims Today with Robert Funaro of The Sopranos

The stained wood sings with color and history, while the wall decor and the jukebox define a worn and comfortable sailors' haven. Read More »

Concert Review: Mofro and Assembly of Dust at the Highline Ballroom

Reid Genauer's wispy presence requires you to "lean in" to get what the band is doing. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Such Good Friends at the New York Musical Theatre Festival

Such Good Friends as it stands is about three-fifths of a wonderful, old-style musical. Read More »