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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.

Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Giveaway: ‘Owsley and Me: My LSD Family’ Memoir by Rhoney Gissen Stanley

Owsley and Me My LSD Family book cover

Stanley's memoir chronicles her life working in the Acid King's lab, and as the third angle in a love triangle, and later under the care of the Grateful Dead. Read More »

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Emily West Talks About Making Her ‘Chandelier’ Video

Emily West American's Got Talent Chandelier

As her album release approaches, the 'America's Got Talent' finalist talks about making her 'Chandelier' video after her 'AGT' performance of the Sia hit went viral. Read More »

Chile Travel: Two Weeks in Chile, Part 2 of 4 – Valparaíso

Museo de Bellas Artes de Valparaiso Chile

Valparaíso has been a major commercial port since the early 1800s, and as such it has a history as international as that of Santiago. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Hair’ at the Secret Theatre

Co-writer and original cast member James Rado (white shirt) poses with the cast of the Secret Theatre's production of 'Hair.' Photo credit: Justin Chauncey Photography

Despite the show's inherent flaws, I had a great time at the energetic new Secret Theatre production of the classic flower-power musical. Read More »

Music Review: Alexander Melnikov and Various Artists – ‘Paul Hindemith: Sonatas for…’

Hindemith sonatas

Paul Hindemith left behind a very large body of inspiring music, inventive and modernistic yet readily accessible to the ear raised on classical or pop music. This expertly played selection of his sonatas is a fine testament to his legacy. Read More »

Music Review: Jellyfish – ‘Bellybutton’ and ‘Spilt Milk’ 2-CD Reissues

Jellyfish Spilt Milk

Omnivore is reissuing the great power pop band's two early-'90s studio albums in comprehensive remastered two-CD sets with the original tracks plus dozens of demo and live tracks. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Off-Broadway): ‘No One Loves Us Here’ by Ross Howard

Jessica Kitchens and Anthony Michael Irizarry in 'No One Loves Us Here' at Urban Stages, photo by Hunter Canning

An almost flawless cast brings to life this dark domestic comedy, one big step removed from reality. Read More »

Win 2Cellos’ New CD ‘Celloverse’ (Deluxe Edition) from Blogcritics!

2Cellos Celloverse

The YouTube stars' third album sizzles with instrumental covers of AC/DC, Sting, Avicii, Mumford and Sons, and Michael Jackson. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Releases (and Tours) from Mark Ronson, Death Cab for Cutie, 2Cellos, Jellyfish, Hall and Oates, Red Garland and More

Mark Ronson Bruno Mars Uptown Funk Uptown Special

Plus Widespread Panic, Slipknot, Noel Gallagher, Art Pepper, Hugh Masekela, Anonymous 4, and Katrina of Katrina and the Waves. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Tala’ by Kyoung H. Park

Kyoung H. Park Tala

Park is the first Korean playwright from Latin America to be produced and published in the U.S. Read More »