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DJ Erica of Global Spins speaks to Elisa Hernandez about the Mexican Spotlight Feature event happening at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The event will take place on October 18th at Triangle Cinema in Costa Mesa. It will include a special screening of the film “Radical,” a Q&A session with Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez, and an afterparty! Elisa and Erica also talk about the importance of Latinos in film, valuing educators, and play some of their favorite Mexican songs in celebration of Latino Heritage Month.

Click here to find out more info about the Mexican Spotlight Feature event.

“It’s actually a funny story. When my daughter was born, my partner and I were considering different names for her, and one of the options was Mirabelle. However, we didn’t end up choosing that name. So, I decided to use it for myself instead.”

The EP “Flickering Lights” is the result of the boundless creativity and resilience of Laurence, who goes by the name Mirabelle. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought with it numerous challenges and restrictions, Mirabelle was able to tap into her creativity and produce a remarkable work that demonstrates her ingenuity and perseverance.

For two years, Mirabelle wrote the songs for “Flickering Lights” in an unconventional location – her bathroom in Montreal. With schools closed and everyone at home, Mirabelle would take advantage of any spare moment she could find, telling her daughter that she was going to the “studio” for half an hour. Her studio, with its heated floors, became a haven where she would escape with her guitar and cats to write songs every day.

The writing process was unlike anything Mirabelle had experienced before. It helped her cope with the anxiety triggered by the pandemic and provided a way to express herself through the lyrics. Mirabelle poured her heart and soul into crafting the songs, determined to do justice to the music and feel proud of the end product. Although the EP is not a direct reflection of the pandemic, it was undoubtedly shaped by the circumstances that surrounded its creation.

In “Flickering Lights,” Mirabelle explores themes that are deeply personal to her, particularly in the song “Acid Rain,” where she expresses a longing for wide open spaces that harkens back to her childhood and hometown. The nostalgia evoked by the music transports the listener back to simpler times before the constant connectivity of cell phones and the internet.

Growing up, music was a constant presence in Mirabelle’s life, thanks to her parents. Although no one in her family was a professional musician, her dad played the guitar and they listened to music together. Her love for music deepened during her teenage years when she discovered grunge bands like Nirvana, which helped her learn English. Singing became her passion during high school, providing a sense of belonging and purpose that she had not experienced before.

Mirabelle’s journey to finding her voice and creating music that aligns with her artistic vision was a long and winding road. She started her musical career singing in French and released two records under her own name. However, she eventually felt the need to explore a new direction, leading to the creation of the record “Late Bloomer” under the stage name Mirabelle in early 2020. This new direction allowed her to create music in English that reflected her true artistic intentions. Mirabelle is proud of her decision to follow her creative impulses and stay true to herself, resulting in music that she is immensely proud of.

To learn more about Mirabelle, click here

Words by Pia Ramos

Stephen Sanchez thinks this wasn’t a good show. He thinks this was the show where everything fell apart. He couldn’t be more wrong.

True, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter was beset with technical difficulties almost from the start of his sold-out set at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana last night (and I do mean sold out, not one more person could have packed into that room). But it takes more than malfunctioning earpieces to dampen Sanchez’s magical voice and charisma, qualities that only shined all the more brightly through the acoustic challenges. While staff scurried around trying to fix equipment, Sanchez simply laughed it off, unplugged, and treated the audience to an acoustic version of the next couple songs, his beautiful raw voice easily carrying the moment.

Stephen Sanchez’s music has heavy 50’s inspiration and a retro vibe. His song “Until I Found You” became a breakout hit after going viral on TikTok, recently surpassing 1 billion streams; but Sanchez is no one-hit wonder. He has a small but mighty discography with all different kinds of songs. Some melodies are dreamy and spare, like “The Pool” and “Hey Girl”; others are soaring like the latest single, “Evangeline.” All of it is heartfelt and crazy catchy .

I expected a roomful of swooning teen girls, and they were there, but the thing about Sanchez and his music is the broad appeal.  It was truly an all ages show, with fans from 15 to 75 , singing along with joy. The preshow playlist leaned heavily into Stephen’s retro vibe, and it was fun to see teens and twenty-somethings grooving to Little Richard and The Platters. But it was a song from The Killers that really got the crowd going.  The mixture of retro and modern perfectly encapsulates Sanchez’s unique sound.

Sanchez truly profited from the extra time in between songs to interact with the audience: he read signs, collected gifts, and asked fans questions. Charming and self-deprecating throughout, it felt like a room full of friends by the end – and what an end! Abandoned by technology and his band, Sanchez delivered “Until I Found You” solo and acoustically, and we were all grateful for the experience. Then, unnecessarily feeling he owed this crowd something more, he decided to sing one more song.

“What should I sing?” he asked, as if it was a group of friends hanging around his living room.  “Unchained Melody” the loudest voice shouted. And so he did, spontaneously performing a lovely version of the classic song that was all his own and mesmerizing. Sanchez stuck around after the show to meet and chat with his fans.

This is Stephen Sanchez’s first tour. If you want to catch a great show by an artist on the verge of stardom, he’s playing two nights at the Troubadour in Hollywood before closing out the tour.  Already catching a huge wave of popularity, he’s returning in the fall in larger venues that I can already guess will be happily packed to the rafters.

Words & Photos by Molly Riehle

By: Pia Ramos 

“She’s the hardest working person I know. People make jokes and ask me if she’s [Thea Pauley] the boss at home too,” husband and manager of operations Tom Pauley said. 

Eco Now officially marked the opening of their third and newest store location at Laguna Beach on March 2, 2023. “We practice sustainability not just within what we offer our customers on a consuming and purchasing level, but we practice sustainability at the backend of our processes so we can actually practice what we preach and educate to a different level rather than refilling and shopping,” owner and founder Thea Pauley said.

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of Eco Now at a ribbon cutting event on March 2, 2023. (KX FM / Pia Ramos)

Tom Pauley, manager of operations of Eco Now (left) and Thea Pauley, owner and founder of Eco Now (right) draped in red ribbon. (KX FM / Pia Ramos)

Some of the store’s unique features include localized lumber that is reused and remade for product shelving, eco towels used for cleaning, a laundry machine with a mechanical pump that pushes water out to their garden, and a composting worm jar. 

“We clean and reuse everything here. When we sweep, we compost the dirt. The lint from eco towels, we compost it from the dryer. We use minimal water– just 2 gallons per day from laundry. This water is recycled to our raised garden bed that irrigates our soil,” Tom said. 

Eco towels made by Thea Pauley. (KX FM / Pia Ramos)


Tom Pauley washing his hands by stepping on a manual pump in their garden. (KX FM / Pia Ramos) 

Reused wood made for product shelving in store. (KX FM / Pia Ramos)

Eco-friendly laundry machines used to clean eco towels. (KX FM / Pia Ramos)

Eco Now has inspired members of the community to be mindful change makers. Andrea “Andy” Badillo was a customer before she started working for the company. Initially drawn by their concept of zero waste, she didn’t know she could learn even more once she became involved. 

“I was more motivated because we do our research and it’s all ethically sourced with natural ingredients, no toxic microplastics being sent to sewage and ocean ways,” Badillo said. “With the new store opening, I look forward to spreading the mission. I love that we are being more accessible to people and branching out to more communities.” 

Appetizers at the ribbon cutting event using Eco Now sporks. (KX FM / Pia Ramos)

Stickers made out of bamboo are sold in store. (KX FM / Pia)

Four different types of sustainable straws sold in store. (KX FM / Pia Ramos) 

It’s a full circle moment for Thea– an opportunity that brought her back to Laguna Beach where she wanted to open her first store in 2018. Since then, she has initiated community engagement by hosting sustainability and compost workshops, partnering with nonprofit organizations like H&B Prodex that works with Terracycle, and new monthly events (stay tuned). 

“My message for those who are not familiar with eco-friendly resources and Eco Now is to take a pause and check the community you are in. If you are recognizing waste management issues, a lot of garbage, seeing water waste or food waste, we want to remind you that there are ways you can act to not be a contributor to that. Through being an eco friend with Eco Now, you have a lot of resources to start practicing.”

You would think bands that have been around for 15-20 years would maybe have broken up by now. But some bands, however, have had a good thing going for 20+ years and counting. My favorite band of all time, Gorillaz, is an awesome example.

Gorillaz recently had a show in Los Angeles at the YouTube Theater, which I believe may have been their best performance to date. It consisted of frontman Damon Albarn, Mike Smith and Jesse Hackett on keyboards, Seye Adelekan on bass/acoustic guitar, Jeff Wootton on lead guitar, and Femi Koleoso and Karl Vanden Bossche on drums. 

The crowd was incredibly eclectic, with attendees ranging from families to older people, to young adults and teenagers.

The show itself was incredible. The opening band, hip-hop duo Earthgang, was great at pumping up the crowd. Their mix of reggae rap, funk, and soul created a nice vibe to start off the show. 

When Gorillaz hit the stage, they started things off right, teasing a new song that Albarn said in an interview would, “be released sooner than you think.”

They performed old classics, such as “Clint Eastwood,” “Feel Good Inc.” and “Rhinestone Eyes.” They also performed new songs, such as “Cracker Island,” “New Gold,” and even newer, unreleased songs including “Skinny Ape,” “Baby Queen,” and “Possession Island.” 

Gorillaz were joined by famous artists, like Beck, De La Soul, Tame Impala, Bootie Brown, and Fatoumata Diawara, which made for a special performance. 

The new album, Cracker Island, returns to their older style, with lo-fi songs, such as Possession Island, while at the same time has attributes to their newer style, with examples being “Skinny Ape,” and “Baby Queen.” 

Since the YouTube Theater is a smaller venue, with only 6,000 seats, it was easier to enjoy the show. It allowed for Albarn to jump from the stage and into the crowd, letting the fans sing lyrics into the microphone.

Concerts are a special experience: the rumbling bass that shakes you to your spine, the absolute chaos that can happen on the floor, and the feeling you get when shaking the hand of your favorite artist while he’s performing. 

The feeling is unreal, and for as long as you can remember, you just want to get that moment back – that one moment when you can forget everything and go crazy with people like yourself. 

I feel this is the reason concerts were started in the first place; to gather people together and just enjoy an awesome experience. 

Some bands can give a wild show and not lose their edge for as long as they’ve performed. Gorillaz are no exception.  

Review written by: Elliot West 

Child Seat, a synthtastic rock band originating from Los Angeles, released their debut album Bad Holiday on August 5th through Moonboot! Records.

Meeting right before the pandemic, the band started creating music during 2020 and 2021. The magnificent singer of the band, Madeline (Maddie) Mathews, has moved from solo work to join forces with Josiah Mazzaschi. Mazzaschi is a respected guitarist and musician who has played with The Smashing Pumpkins, Jesus & Mary Chain, etc., and owns THE CAVE STUDIO in Los Angeles. 

The band will be performing at the Harvard & Stone residency in Los Angeles every Monday of November. 

The duo joined Avalon from KX FM for an interview. 

How would you characterize your album?

Josiah: I’d say it’s a blend of many different genres and time periods. I’m older than Maddie, and I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s with new wave jams like Depeche Mode – that kind of vibe. 

Maddie: I grew up with The Strokes, MGMT and all the 2010 indie sleaze bands, indie pop, indie rock, like when that was getting really big, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. So we kind of combined our two forces and things that we love to create – definitely a mashup of 80s and the 2010 sound and our own unique twist too! 

Did you guys face any challenges in the beginning with combining those styles? 

Josiah: Challenges?

Maddie: I don’t think so, it was pretty seamless. 

Josiah: Yeah. A lot of the songs on the album started with me getting Covid, and I was in quarantine for about 10 days, and I just sat on my laptop and programmed beats and synths and stuff. I would send them to Maddie and she would come up with full on lyrics and it came together really easily. 

Maddie: It was actually probably one of the easiest things I’ve ever done. We’ve been writing together for about five years now, and a lot of that was for my solo project. We were maybe going to try to do some things for TV and film placement, but when Josiah got Covid and he just sent over like a million tracks I just was like these are all amazing! This was before we even were a band. I guess I should back up. Josiah has been recording my solo album since 2017 and then Covid hit. I moved back to my hometown in Northern California, then I moved back here somewhere around the summer or spring of 2021. Then I moved back into the studio to finish the solo album with Josiah. Last fall 2021 like September or August, Josiah got Covid and was sick for like two weeks. So I wouldn’t go in the studio and record with him, but we still wanted to be creative while he was bored in bed and that’s basically how our band formed by accident. And basically we wrote our whole album in a month/month and a half. 

Josiah: Bedroom pop! 

Josiah, you have mentioned in the past that you used to not be able to afford going to studios, how does it feel to now own CAVE STUDIO? 

Josiah: It feels great. I used to have so many limitations, and I never thought I would have the stuff I have now to basically make a full album in the studio. It is hard to focus on your own music…sometimes it’s hard to be motivated or pumped on my own music, but with Maddie’s vocals and vocal melodies, all her ideas pump me up for making some good jams. 

Maddie, did you work on your solo project in CAVE STUDIOS? 

Maddie: Yeah! The whole thing was recorded there – about 25 to 30 percent of the songs were co-written with us too. I met Josiah through my mom’s cousin randomly, he’s like 70 and he goes out to indie rock shows every night. He was hitting me up like, “I got Wet Leg tickets tonight!” and I was like, “You know Wet Leg?” He’s very hip with all the bands, but that’s how he knew Josiah and Josiah’s solo project. He had seen them for years and years and years and that’s how they got to know each other. And I (had)  just moved to Los Angeles. He sent him my first little EP and Josiah was like, “This is pretty good!” We just started recording my next album together, which took a long time obviously with Covid, but recorded it all here. 

Maddie, you referenced moving back to Northern California during the pandemic, did the difference between the LA music scene and your hometown influence the album? 

Maddie: My hometown is so small. In college at least, there was a music scene. I went to Chico State. But I wouldn’t say the bands around there influenced me. It was a really fun community to have and a support system, but in my small town it’s really just open mic. There actually was a lot of math rock, which did not influence me. I think more of the bands we talked about were more influential on us rather than the local scene. 

Josiah: Before the pandemic we started our live CAVE STUDIO sessions, and Maddie would film it and I would record it and mix it. We were basically showcasing local Los Angeles bands before the pandemic, and it was a pretty cool scene with a good network of bands. 

Maddie: I would say I’m slightly influenced by Living More, they have really cool music and he’s (Josiah) mixed with them before. 

Bringing it back to the album, “Dancing Without Me” is one of my favorites, the lyric “Guess I’m a bad friend’ really sticks out to me, I would love to know more background on the song. 

Maddie: Well, I’m trying to think of the best way to talk about this song just to keep it vague, but I feel like this song for me is…I’ve had a lot of anxiety throughout friendships and feeling like I was a bad friend. I had some relationships when I was younger with some friends that would often make me feel like I wasn’t doing enough or giving them much attention. I think it’s kind of coming into my adult life more – even in all my relationships. So basically, the song is about having anxiety about not being/feeling good enough. I had this horrible time in my life where I was experiencing a lot of chronic pain and I missed a lot of things. People stopped inviting me out, so some of the lyrics touch on that. 

What was your favorite part of self creating your own music videos? 

Maddie: That was a lot of fun. 

Josiah: We kind of utilized whatever was affordable. We had friends who had an airbnb out in Joshua Tree, so we used their compound and swimming pool for “‘Fever Dream”. 

Maddie: Yeah, we had some friends that just let us affordably go out at their really cool spot. Josiah’s wife is a makeup artist so she does all of my makeup. She’s extremely talented. My really great high school friend ,who is also out here, is a stylist, so she will pick out our things. 

We stay on the cheap side – make our own outfits, conceptualize our own thing. Ben, my boyfriend, films most of it and then I edit. We kind of learned along the way. We did our green screen for “Burning” and I learned how to do green screen editing. When I did my solo work, I was with a little label and I asked for funding for a photo shoot. It was too much so I ended up buying a camera and that camera has stuck with me forever. My boyfriend will shoot all my photos, our photos, and videos. They’ve been really fun and we don’t put too much planning into them, we just hope for the best. But we will up our game with the next ones. 

I do know that there is a second album in the works, can you give us a teaser of what the vibes are going to be? 

Josiah: I think we are going to release a single early next year and a video, as well. But I’d say it’s like Bad Holiday times 10, right? 

Maddie: I think this one is stronger, we were still figuring out our voice and didn’t really know we were forming a band when we started writing together. This one I feel like we have figured out what our strengths are. I feel like my vocals are a lot stronger – more rockin’ vocals. It’s like our song “Fever Dream” on steroids. A lot of our songs have new wave influences in them, too. 

Josiah: And maybe some like Riot Girl influence. 

Maddie: There’s a lot of dirty songs in this one. We were really inspired by Wet Leg, so we have a lot more silly songs. But I’m really proud of it. 

Josiah: The Who’s bass player played on one song. 

Maddie: Our sax guy is back. And our next single is “Cherry Stem” which will come out in January. We have started playing that one live which is awesome. 

Words: Avalon Almada