Its fairly common for a musicians celebrity status to become bigger than their actual musicbut, of course, thats not necessarily a good thing. John Mayer is still plenty successful as a recording artist, but in the last few years its been his more ignominious achievements that have gotten him headlinessuch as gaining the womanizer label for dating a seemingly endless stream of female celebrities, calling his relationship with Jessica Simpson sexual napalm (whatever that may mean), and using racial slurs in a Playboy interview. To his credit, Mayer seems resolved to keep on keepin on, releasing his fourth record, Battle Studies, this past November. It includes Half of My Heart, a duet with Taylor Swiftas clear a path to wholesomeness and mainstream acceptance as any.
Tue., Aug. 24, 7 p.m., 2010