FROM THEO TO JAZZ/FUNK ACCLAIM: He's been making some serious tuneage for a good long while now -- bass-laden songs with spoken-word accompaniment -- but you may know Malcolm-Jamal Warner best as Theo Huxtable on "The Cosby Show." We feel like we grew up with him, and appreciate that pretty much everyone else who watched a television in the '80s feels that way, too. Hear the music he is making, his thoughtful lyrics, and discover why he's opened for greats like Luther Vandross. Wednesday, February 11. Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 W. Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood. 323-466-2210
I'M SAAAAAILIN' AWAY: Ah, Styx. From "Mr. Roboto" being referenced in ads and movies galore to the sweet dance scene in "Freaks & Geeks," this '70s super-group sails on. We personally have always been partial to "Rockin' the Paradise" because it just catches that big, arena-filling sound so spectacularly. Oh, and "Lady" is lovely. Perfect pre-Valentine's day balladry. And "Don't Let It End" and "Babe" and, and... (By the way, did you know that's Tony Hale of "Arrested Development" in that "Mr. Roboto" car commercial? He's rad.) Wednesday, February 11, 8PM. House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood.
Also: "Mortified" is back with a Valentine-y vengeance at King King. Strong enough to hear the humorous but oh-so-painful recollections of young crushes gone awry? Yep, us too.