Kevin Saunderson has a guaranteed place in techno history as one of the Belleville Three, but these days he doesn’t just stick to hard-as-nails techno—choosing sometimes to play some vocal house. His label, KMS Records, seems to follow the same motif. In one of Avalon’s better lineups, Saunderson shares the stage with Canada’s Mistress Barbara who favors beats that bang.

Saturday @ 10, Avalon, 662 Sixth Ave, 212.807.7780

New Party Alert: LOOSE JOINTS, a weekly dedicated to a mishmash of genres that’s been making the rounds—Italo disco, new wave, deep house, classic, punk, and all the other stuff under your kitchen sink. This week’s guests are the venerable Brennan Green (of Balihu, Danny Wang’s wonderful little label) and Sonic Groove’s Marcos Cabral. With weekly residents Doug Gomez and Richie C. Bueno.

Wednesday @ 10, Guernica, 25 Ave B, 212.674.0984

For a sound and vision explosion, check out HALF RES, a video-and-music event hitting up three different venues in three days. Hosted by eye candy specialists Honeygun Labs, the three-day jam features artists from Chicago and L.A., as well as local lovelies like, DJ Phiiliip and Spencer Product. Of special note is the opening night event—which finds Genesis P’Orridge of Psychic TV fame providing a twisted soundtrack to equally twisted visuals. For more information, go to Thursday @ 9:30, Pussycat Lounge, 96 Greenwich, 212.952.9675; Friday @ 8, Pianos, 158 Ludlow, 212.505.3733;

Saturday @ 8, Galapagos, 70 N 6th St, Bklyn, 718.782.5188