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Why Courtney Cotter King Is Inspired by Fiona Apple and WALL-E

Mesa-based pianist and singer-songwriter Courtney Cotter King is, among other things, the Valley's version of Zooey Deschanel. Not only is she a dead ringer for the new girl, Cotter King also achieves maximum quirk.

Describing one of her songs, "White Rhino," she says, "I started writing the piano to it, and it sounded like a rhino -- like stampeding. I started, like, thinking about rhinoceroses and this conversation I had with my sister about how we have to start saying no to things, because you can't be walked on. I don't know, maybe we're pushovers a little bit. I related that to rhinoceroses, because rhinoceroses don't take crap from anyone."

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Nicki Escudero
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