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Sweatin' to the Oldies: Bring pops to Kid Koala and his vinyl to the Knockout 

Wednesday, Nov 8 2006
Though she's been under a minor spotlight in the house music community in recent years with such buoyant songs as "Get Up," singer N'Dea Davenport is still best known as the magnetic lead of '90s soul-funk outfit Brand New Heavies . After a 10-year absence, Davenport is reuniting with the Heavies to fill a much-needed void in the drab platitude that is modern American R&B. Expect to hear catalog favorites and brand-new material from a reinvigorated group on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Mezzanine at 9 p.m. Admission is $30 adv.; call 625-8880 or visit for more info. — Tamara Palmer

Kid Koala (Eric San) is a DJ that your mom could love, and on his current tour he wants people to bring their parents. "Seriously," he writes on his Web site, "they'll understand more than you might expect. Most of them had record players when they were growing up." While that might be true, few can comprehend the unparalleled creativity and skill that goes into a Kid Koala DJ set (where any sound and style is fair game). Hear for yourself on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Mezzanine at 9 p.m. Admission is $12; call 625-8880 or visit for more info. — T.P.

What fury hath God wrought upon the outer Mission these days? Now that the Odeon has closed its doors (for better or for worse) and crime in the area is on the rise, where does a non-newbie hipster go for fun without getting murdered? Well, He done wrought well, that God: The Knockout presents a night for both the young and the aged (read: over 30) who worship the timeless classics that prevail at "Night of the Oldies." It's a monthly club night devoted to the sounds of yore: one-hit wonders, doo-wop, old soul, scratchy 7-inch rock 'n' roll favorites, and more. Resident DJs Primo, Daniel, and Lost Cat pump out forgotten hits that sound inventive without coming off as too cheeky. It all goes down this Friday, Nov. 10, at the Knockout at 10 p.m. Admission is $2; call 550-6994 or visit for more info. — Brock Keeling

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