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Big Black Delta is the solo project of Venezuelan native, now Los Angeles transplant, Jonathan Bates. Bates, once the front man for Los Angeles indie rock band Mellowdrone and touring musician for M83, began his solo efforts in 2010. His self-titled debut album, which released this passed April, is nearly a perfect brainchild of 80’s synth-pop and modern indie. Add the vocoder on his vocals and you have a sound that drifts in and out between a haunting dream and a John Hughes flick.

Currently in the middle of a two-month long North American tour, with appearances at Leads and Reading festivals in August, as well as garnering press from the likes of Pitchfork and Spin, Big Black Delta is an artist to keep a keen eye on.

You can find BBD’s full album on iTunes, and several of the record’s tracks are on SoundCloud. But for now, take a gander at the video for Big Black Delta’s single, “Side of the Road.”

Big Black Delta- ‘Side of the Road’


In anticipation of the long awaited “Return of Communion” show on October 10th at the Mercy Lounge and The High Watt, we are highlighting each artist on the stellar bill right here at Today we are featuring the headlining act, Rubblebucket. Over the last four years, this eight-piece outfit has been stirring up the indie scene far beyond the confines of their home base in Brooklyn, NY, cultivating a sound that blurs genre lines with a unique mashup of horns, synth, catchy guitar riffs and multi-part harmonies.

The 2011 release of their full-length album, Omega La La, led to large increase in exposure nationwide and attention from the likes of Rollingstone, Spin, Paste and the Wall Street Journal. This personal milestone led to an increase in touring in 2012, which included multiple festival stops as well as an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The band also released their follow-up EP, Oversaturated, in late 2012.

Coming off a heavy year of touring, Rubblebucket has spent the better part of this year on hiatus from touring full time, focusing their efforts on their full-length writing process and pinpointing the future direction of the band. Their new EP, Save Charlie, is the result of this past year’s labor and dropped officially yesterday, October 1st. The release of Save Charlie also marks the end of the band’s break in touring, as they embark on an extensive 28 date, nation-wide tour, that began yesterday, alongside the album’s release, and runs through early December. We here at CAS are more than thrilled that the Communion show here in Nashville is one of the first stops on the long list of cities on their two-month tour schedule, and can’t wait to see these guys blow the roof off Cannery Row.

Save Charlie is now available on the band’s website, iTunes and Spotify.

Fun Fact: The track list on Save Charlie includes a remix of the title track by Big Black Delta, whom we featured right here at just this past summer.

Christian Lerchenfeld