SXSW Showcase Reviews
Reviewed by Austin Powell, Fri., March 16, 2007
Stubb's, Wednesday, March 14
In true diva fashion, Lily Allen, the UK's latest pint-sized export, graced the stage 15 minutes behind schedule, but considering her longs-tanding bitterness toward the evening's sponsor, NME, it's a miracle she showed at all. While more ladylike than her sovereign counterpart, the oft-dubbed queen of MySpace called the magazine everything from "spineless cunts" to "assholes" in between playful jabs at her own family, "Nan, You're a Window Shopper" and "Alfie." Such is the appeal of the 21-year-old singer-songwriter; she balances the precocious and precious with honest pop tunes, but due to the colloquial manner of her presentation, it comes across live like a one-way conversation set to music. Backed by a full band, all in various shades of Gator polos, Allen, with a Budweiser and cigarette in hand, half-rapped her way through "LDN" and "Knock 'Em Out," the latter sounding like a feminine response to the Streets. Only her smash single, "Smile," successfully roused the audience, due partly to the choreographed movement of her threepiece brass section. Say it ain't so.