UR might as well get a liquor license and a bad bar menu, as the radio station there, WDCE-FM 90.1, has been slowly turning the third most expensive college in the nation into an impressive music venue, what with the recent Ted Leo and the Pharmacists show and the upcoming hip-hop-stuffed Spring Breakdown April 15. Headlining is rap veteran Masta Ace of the Juice Crew (with Marley Marl, Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie), along with Wordsworth, DJ A. Vee, WDCE's Double Standard Crew, and others on two stages in the Tyler Haynes Commons Building at 8 p.m. $10. 289-8790.
Pangaea Lounge at Café Gutenberg
WRIR DJ Carlito has invented a powerful magnet that, when activated every second Thursday of the month at Café Gutenberg, attracts foreign kids looking to dance. The scientific process involved uses not charged particles but a mix of international music, such as Indonesian hip-hop or Turkish pop, or the best toe-tapping tunes from Siberia, all of which he'll spin in the lounge April 13, 9 p.m.-midnight. Free. 497-5000.
Billy Ray Hatley and the Showdogs CD Release
Here's another one: "roots rock," which is really just rock born out of smoky blues halls many years before prog came along. The sub genre is captured by the Showdogs (with guitar-wielding Style publisher Jim Wark) on their second album, "Deuce," which they'll play April 14 at Shenanigans at 8:30 p.m. $6. 264-5010.
The Earl Brothers at Ashland Coffee and Tea
For those who thought "alt-country" and "prog-rock" were the limit for musical sub-genres, witness "hillbilly goth," care of San Fran's Earl Brothers. For left-Coasters, they make the strings wiggle with mountain-fresh, bluegrass goodness. The darkness of the lyrics, we're told, is where the "goth" comes in. So no black lipstick. They play Ashland April 14 at 8 p.m. $12. 798-1702.