Desert Heat

America's idol and a hoops star keep Phoenix's mercury rising

Plain White T's: "I remember hearing 'Hey There Delilah,' and it was so simple — guitar, voice, and strings. [It shows] you don't have to make a complicated song to have a hit single."

Kanye West: "Yeah, I listen to hip-hop. I hope my mom doesn't kill me [laughs]. I like Kanye West and 50 Cent, and I didn't take a side in that whole battle. But, I did buy [West's] Graduation, so I guess I took a side. The album is in heavy rotation on my iPod. 'Stronger' — that song is genius."

Post-hardcore and screamo: "I like Silverstein, and a local band called Greeley Estates that's doing really well. My favorite is a band called Dizmas. They're really good, and I love their music. They came and performed at my church [Calvary Community Church in Phoenix], and it was really funny because people were, like, 'Are they screaming?' But I like post-hardcore because it's really cool for when you're angry. Anybody who can scream like that and not blow their voice out is amazing. It takes a lot of skill and practice to be able to do that. I can't do it."

Diana Taurasi
Diana Taurasi
Jordin Sparks
Jordin Sparks

Alicia Keys: "I haven't heard all of her new album [As I Am] yet, but I like her new single ('No One'). Alicia Keys just amazes me. She plays piano like no other, she's got a great voice, and she writes her own songs."

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