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John Mayer

Aug. 5
7:30 p.m.
$46-$167
Pop, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

Between Battle Studies (2009) and Born and Raised (2012), John Mayer’s music became less electric. The soft-rock guitarist’s past three albums abound with gestures toward American folk music—dainty acoustic guitar, sorrowful mumbling, a calculated limpness—as if he were trying to prove himself a sweet, sensitive, misunderstood boy who really didn’t deserve to be attacked by Taylor Swift in “Dear John."