Lily Allen

Alright, Still (Capitol)

SXSW Platters

Lily Allen

Alright, Still (Capitol)

Already a superstar in England at the ripe young age of 21, Lily Allen arrives as a tongue-in-cheek corrective to much of what's wrong with hip-hop. To those who believe the best way to riches is rapping about bitches, here's a white woman offering her perspective. Over Specials samples and toaster-ready beats, tracks such as the hit "Smile" and "Alfie," an ode to Allen's pothead brother, may not be hard, but they're certainly hard to resist. Like Blondie circa 1981, Allen breathes needed fresh air into the game, and the fact that she spends most of her time dissing ex-boyfriends just shows that sometimes writing what you know remains a viable musical strategy. Adding to her favor, Allen spits side-splitting insults worthy of Eminem's heyday. Witness Allen's sharp sing-song brush off: "Oh my gosh you must be joking me if you think that you'll be poking me." (Wednesday, March 14, Stubb's, 11pm)

All Showcases Subject to Change

****

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
Friday Showcases
Friday Showcases
Korea, Japan, Spain, Africa – see the world from single showcases

March 20, 2015

Saturday Interview
Saturday Interview

Kevin Curtin, March 20, 2015

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Ben Buck
Kilroy (Record Review)

Derek Udensi, Feb. 21, 2020

Fall Platters
Quin NFN
4NUN (Record Review)

Derek Udensi, Nov. 29, 2019

More by Dan Oko
Ballroom Dancing
SXSW Keynote: Dave Grohl
SXSW panel reviews

March 15, 2013

Live Shots
Café Tacuba, Molotov, Bajofondo, Jovanotti
SXSW showcase reviews

March 15, 2013

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle