AUSTIN, TEXAS - Kimya Dawson, who plays Wednesday at the Cedar Cultural Center, seems literally oblivious to her new level of fame.

Sitting on a grassy knoll smack dab in the heart of the South by Southwest fest last month, the "Juno" soundtrack star didn't hear the teenage girl who yelled her name from a passing car. She didn't seem to notice all the passersby who gawked at her unmistakable, finger-in-electric-socket hairdo and unconventional skirt, made with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bedsheets.

And she didn't hesitate to nurse her curly-haired 1 1/2-year-old daughter, Panda Delilah, in the middle of all the hubbub.

"All right!" Panda hilariously yelped when she found out it was feeding time.

"All right!" was also more or less the response that Dawson had when she first saw "Juno."

"Jason Reitman [the director] gave me a burnt copy of the rough cut of the movie and said, 'Watch it once and then destroy it, so it doesn't get leaked,'" Dawson recalled. "I kept it for a long time, though, and watched it like five more times."

Laden with seven of Dawson's scrappy, off-tune acoustic ditties, the "Juno" CD became an unlikely hit. It also introduced Dawson and her former duo, Moldy Peaches, to a broad, young fan base. "The one big difference [since 'Juno'] is I got a booking agent for the first time after five years of booking my own tours, so I'm playing some bigger spaces," said Dawson. "Otherwise, I'm doing the same touring and mom-ing like I did before."

Dawson formed the Peaches in 1999 with fellow indie geek Adam Green. The duo's amateurish love-it-or-hate-it style earned a lot of college-radio play and a small cult following, but then Dawson and Green quietly split up to pursue solo careers in 2004.

Not only do Dawson's songs pop up intermittently in the Oscar-winning movie, but the final scene of the movie finds its two young protagonists singing the bittersweet Peaches duet "Anyone Else But You" to each other. It's the most "awww"-inducing moment of the film. "I was on set when they filmed that scene," Dawson said, beaming. "Everybody was crying by the time they finished.

"It really was the perfect movie for me, and I never looked for it; it just sort of fell in my lap. When I see the movie now, there will be a second or two where I'm like, 'That's me!' but the music is such a part of the movie I'm not even thinking about it."

Hardly a Hollywood insider, Dawson now lives in Olympia, Wash., which is also home to her label, K Records. "I sort of stay out of it in Olympia," she said. "It's a small town. We don't watch TV. I shop at the co-op, hang out with my baby, play some shows. I've done some press, but just doing the same thing I've always done."

Well, that appearance on "The View" was certainly a little out of the norm. Dawson and Green reunited to sing "Anyone Else But You" on the ABC daytime show in January. In a separate interview with "Juno" star Ellen Page, "The View" boss Barbara Walters made it publicly known that she "doesn't get" Dawson or the Peaches. Dawson laughed off Walters' comment.

"I don't really get her, either," she said, recounting Walters' conversation with the Peaches backstage at the show. "She was giving us all this business advice, and we were like, 'No. No. No.' She probably figured we were a bunch of unambitious slackers."

The singer/songwriter added, "Not everybody has to get what I do."