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Chris Janson

Nov. 23
8 p.m.
Country, Singer-Songwriter

What distinguishes Chris Janson from your average loud country arena-rocker is his shamelessness, his willingness to try out absolutely any style of country song, even (especially?) if it contradicts his persona on the previous song. His new Real Friends lets loose with soaring saxophone anthems (“Mine Does”), glistening nuggets of homiletic wisdom (“Everybody’s Going Through Something”), and fist-pumping, chest-thumping male-bonded love duets (the title track, with Blake Shelton). With Thompson Square.