JANET KLEIN AND HER PARLOR BOYS: LA's famous straight-from-the-naughty-'20s chanteuse kicks off her fourth season of first Thursdays at the Steve Allen Theater with a rousing night of innuendo-filled vintage ditties. Animation aficionado Jerry Beck is along for the ride, too, with crowd-pleasin' shorts aplenty. Whenever we see Janet we vow to do more flowers behind the ear. And little capes. Bravo, Ms. K... Thursday, February 5, 8PM. 4773 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles. 800-595-4849
MERLE HAGGARD: Guys today growing the ironic 'stache, playing outlaw, wearing the retro, pearl-buttoned shirts complete with piping and collar points have to tip their ten-gallons to this country giant. There's a reason the legendary strummer has been singing about the hard subjects -- heartbreak among them, but love, too -- for several decades. They matter to people. Rare indeed. Thursday, February 5. Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim. 714-712-2700
MORE TUNEAGE: LA-made punk collective NOFX marks its 25th anniversary at The Music Box at the Fonda, while smooth standards bearer Steve Tyrell summons romance at the Catalina Jazz Club.