Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Lily Allen, Mark Ronson & Aaron LaCrate @ The Troubadour, 10/14

How much super-fun can you pack into one night? Headliner Lily Allen is an effortlessly charming U.K. pop explosion who sounds as if she nicked all the right records (like the Specials and Saint Etienne) from her older sisters’ collection. Allen’s sunny but smart blend of estrogen-charged ska-hop will have Gwen Stefani green with envy, and don’t even get me started on Fergie. Li’l Lily is this year’s model for real, and if America doesn’t rightfully swoon, it’s our loss. To keep the party on jam, she’s got two banging DJs in tow, New York socialite/production powerhouse Mark Ronson (stop hating!) and Baltimore club evangelist Aaron LaCrate dropping his patented gutter tracks. This one’s so sold out, I’m shamelessly begging in print — can a brother get a ticket? Dang!

(Originally published in the LA Weekly, 10/06)