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The Lucky 13: Hannah Mills: Frontwoman and Guitarist of Milhan, Playing at Little Street Studio on Thursday, Feb. 20

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It’s sometimes hard to keep track of all the new acts emerging onto the music scene—but in the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of sharing shows with and attending performances by a new band called Milhan. Milhan, pronounced Milan, has performed at frequent backyard shows, bringing a unique brand of dreamy indie music to every performance. They will be playing at Little Street Studio in Indio on Thursday, Feb. 20; find out more on Instagram @milhan.music. At the helm of the group is Hannah Mills, whose vocal delivery and reverb-soaked guitar create a dreamscape of a show.

What was the first concert you attended?

I went to a lot of concerts as a child, because my mom is a musician, and I grew up around a lot of music, but the first concert I remember being really stoked about and begging my mom to take me to was Panic! at the Disco. I had the biggest crush on Brendon Urie, and still do, if I’m honest.

What was the first album you owned?

An album released in 2002 by Joy Williams of Civil Wars. I was raised in the church, and she was a big Christian artist back in the day.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Oh my god, this is such a hard question, because the list is so long, so I’m going to break this up into genres. French electronic: La Femme, Paradis, and Agar Agar. World music: Altın Gün, Tinariwen, and Vaudou Game. Throwbacks: Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Tangerine Dream, Aphex Twin, and Oingo Boingo. New discoveries: George Clanton, Venetian Snares, The Rebels of Tijuana, A.G. Cook, and Caroline Polachek. Solid go-to’s: Tame Impala, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Wild Nothing, Toro Y Moi, Washed Out, and HOMESHAKE.

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

Soundcloud rappers. Sorry, not sorry.

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

Danny Elfman, who just so happens to be playing Coachella this year, so I’m pretty pumped about that! I’m really hoping he plays some Oingo Boingo tunes.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Not (feeling) very guilty about this, though some may think I should be: I’m a huge fan of The 1975. I have been since they first released their Facedown EP in 2012. I had the unique experience of seeing them perform in a grimy little underground club in L.A. with a good friend back in 2013.

What’s your favorite music venue?

I love the Teragram Ballroom in L.A. I just have a lot of fond memories of seeing some great bands perform there, and it’s pretty intimate, so that’s my go-to. My cousin and I call it our rat hole.

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

This question triggers me. My dad has this song that he sings specifically when he wants to piss me off: “Ain’t Got No Home,” originally performed by Clarence “Frogman” Henry, made popular by The Band (prior to Bob Dylan). It’s kind of become a running joke between my dad and me, because all he has to do is sing that taunting little "doo doo do do do do do doo doo," and it’s stuck in my head for at least a week to follow. I’ve been humming that melody in my head the whole time I’ve been answering these questions.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Honestly, Tame Impala has played a huge part in my development as an artist. It’s just really inspiring to me that Kevin Parker is able to create such good songs and unique tones with his guitar and drums, and he does everything himself, from start to finish. I’m a big fan. Also, as generic as it sounds, The Beatles have also played a big role for me as well.

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

I’d love to talk to George Harrison about the book Be Here Now by Ram Dass. I feel like we could have some good meaty conversation on that.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“River of Happiness” by Dolly Parton.

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

I guess if I had to pick one, it would be Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd; it may seem like a generic answer, but come on—that album can really take you on one hell of a journey. Tell me I’m wrong!

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“People” by The 1975! Better yet, watch the music video. Trust me: It’s not what you’re expecting. (Scroll down to watch it!)

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