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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: Asylum Street Spankers – ‘The Last Laugh’

Asylum Street Spankers - The Last Laugh

The final release by the long-running Texas all-acoustic band features live performances from their final shows of songs they'd never released. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Essential Straight & Narrow’ by The Mad Ones

The Mad Ones’ World Premiere of The Essential Straight & Narrow

The innovative troupe's new production pulses with the warm life, twisted and difficult just like real life, that it's so rewarding to see on stage. Read More »

Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 9 and Conclusion: Malta and Gozo

Valletta, Malta

Roman, medieval and World War II history mingle on the fascinating islands of Malta and Gozo. Read More »

Win a Copy of the ‘If/Then’ Broadway Cast Album Featuring Idina Menzel

if/then cast album

Enter to win a copy of the original Broadway cast album of the musical written for and starring Idina Menzel. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Tragedy of Dandelion’ by Duncan Pflaster

Erin Nelson (Josser) & Kelly Zekas (Cèlie) in 'The Tragedy of Dandelion.' Photo by Al Foote

Written entirely in iambic pentameter, this work of Shakespearean scope does not have Shakespearean results. Read More »

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’


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 »