Paulina Angel is an LGBT-equality activist who lives in Indio. She’s also a singer-songwriter who has been performing since the age of 5. However, she took a lengthy break from live performance—but returned to the stage for the first time in many years at Chill Bar for the George and Chris Zander Benefit Concert, organized by the Independent, on Nov. 17. For more information, check out

What was the first concert you attended?

Cover Girls (at the Date Festival in 1989).

What was the first album you owned?

The Beatles 1967-1970.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Charli XCX, 10,000 Maniacs, Jenny Lewis, and Saint Etienne.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?


What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

10,000 Maniacs.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

The Partridge Family.

What’s your favorite music venue?


What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“There in the park, where we used to play, Angels of stone, they would always pray,” “Angels of Stone,” by John and Mary.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

10,000 Maniacs, I was about ready to commit suicide when I was 14, but what stopped me was their cover of Roxy Music’s 1982 classic “More Than This.” Since then, their music has held a special place in my heart.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

To Paul McCartney: Can you produce me?

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“More Than This” by 10,000 Maniacs.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Love Among the Ruins, 10,000 Maniacs.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Take It Away,” Paul McCartney. (Scroll down to hear it.)

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A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...