The Bookworm Turns

Home-schooled nerd hits big with whimsical alt-pop

Making fun of home-schooled kids used to be funny. They’re incredibly awkward around people their own ages, they’ve never done drugs, and they don’t even get references to trashy reality-TV shows. But while you were busy “sexting” some kid you met on MySpace, the home-schoolers had graduated at 16 and already had much brighter futures than you.

Singer/songwriter/pianist Alison Sudol, who goes by A Fine Frenzy, was one such home-schooled nerd. The self-proclaimed bookworm cites authors such as Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens as influences for her whimsical alt-pop, which is similar to Feist and Keane, but with even more piano.

Sun., Nov. 15, 6 p.m., 2009
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