On his third album, Continuum, John Mayer
streamlines the sweet talk and laid-back pop of his past records and slips a new dynamic into the mix: solid songwriting and general amiability. Working with drummer Steve Jordan and bassist Pino Palladino -- who both helped shape 2005s left-field live blues outing Try! -- Mayer effortlessly weaves political pop (Waiting on the World to Change), sensitive singer-songwriter ballads (Gravity), and white-boy R&B (Vultures). Continuum rocks about as much as its predecessors (which means it doesnt rock at all), but Mayers singing and guitar playing are significantly amped this time around. He even does a credible version of Jimi Hendrixs Bold as Love.
Sun., July 1, 7 p.m.