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Big Black Delta at The Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen in London, England, August 28, 2013

News

Oct 01, 2015

Big Black Delta has shared a new song and surprisingly it's a duet with '80s teen pop icon Debbie Gibson. Big Black Delta is the project of Jonathan Bates (formerly of Mellowdrone and also in M83's live band). Bates was inspired by Gibson's 1987 hit "Only In My Dreams" and reached out to the singer about dueting on one of his songs. To his surprise, she said yes, and the result is "RCVR."  More

Sep 25, 2014

Conan has been honoring the late George Harrison all week, and last night the Beatle's son Dhani stopped by to play a couple of his father's songs from his 1970 album All Things Must Pass. More

Watch: Big Black Delta – “Huggin & Kissin”

The Epic Story of a Man and His Cat

Jan 16, 2014

There’s about a dozen things worth mentioning about the new Big Black Delta video “Huggin & Kissin.”  More

Sep 25, 2013

Musical artist Jonathan Bates, a.k.a. Big Black Delta, has premired a new music video for his self-titled album's latest single "Love You This Summer." More

Aug 28, 2013

Earlier this evening, Jon Bates (otherwise known as Big Black Delta) performed at the The Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen in London, England. We sent photographer Helen Boast down to cover the action. More

Aug 13, 2013

Los Angeles native Jonathan Bates, otherwise known as Big Black Delta, has unveiled the music video for his self-titled album's latest single "Money Rain Down." More

Jul 09, 2013

Fair warning: the music video for Big Black Delta's "X22" is not G-rated in the least bit. More

Big Black Delta Announces Tour

Self-titled Debut Out Now

May 01, 2013

Celebrating the release of his self-titled debut this week Big Black Delta, a.k.a. Jonathan Bates, has announced plans for a North American tour. More

Apr 23, 2013

Ex-Mellowdrone frontman Jonathan Bates will soon release his self-titled debut under his new moniker Big Black Delta. More

Mar 21, 2013

Big Black Delta frontman Jon Bates shows off his Fred Astaire-through-the-Matrix dance moves in the new video for “Side of the Road.”  More

Greetings From Big Black Delta at Under the Radar’s SXSW 2013 Parties

Checking in From Flamingo Cantina in Austin, Texas

Mar 16, 2013

Big Black Delta checked in from day 1 of the Under the Radar SXSW parties in Austin, Texas.  More

Big Black Delta – Under the Radar’s SXSW Party Spotlight

Playing Under the Radar's First SXSW 2013 Party, Wednesday, March 13 at Flamingo Cantina

Mar 06, 2013

On March 13 Under the Radar will host the first of three free day parties. Leading up to the event we're letting you know about each artist playing. Today we're spotlighting Big Black DeltaMore

Under the Radar Announces Three SXSW Day Parties Featuring Surfer Blood, DIIV, Small Black, and more

Also Performing: Shout Out Louds, Foxygen, Marnie Stern, Doldrums, Caveman, Young Galaxy, Girls Names, IO Echo, Mister Lies, Young Dreams, and more

Mar 06, 2013

Under the Radar magazine is excited to reveal the full lineups, poster, and set times for its three SXSW 2013 day parties, taking place on Wednesday March 13, Thursday March 14, and Friday March 15. Featured performers include Surfer Blood, DIIV, Small BlackShout Out LoudsFoxygenPoolside, Young Galaxy, Marnie Stern, Doldrums, Caveman, Girls Names, IO Echo, Mister Lies, Young Dreams, and more. More

The Protest Survey: Big Black Delta’s Jonathan Bates

On the Election and the Most Overrated and Underrated Political Issues of Our Time

Oct 31, 2012

In conjunction with our Protest Issue we asked several artists the same set of politically-themed questions. These answers were provided by Big Black Delta, the Los Angeles-based project of former Mellowdrone frontman Jonathan Bates.

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Sep 22, 2012

Remember back when making a mixtape for your friends meant more than sending over a Spotify playlist? When you’d carefully select songs before burning them onto a CD? (Or recording them to tape?) When every track meant something? We've a gotten few of our favorite artists to make a tape for you, including Peaking Lights, Dntel, Teen Daze, Big Black Delta, Acid House Kings, and more. More

Jul 09, 2012

There’s something decidedly sinister about Sei A’s remix of Big Black Delta scorcher, “IFUCKINGLOVEYOU.”  More

Jun 02, 2012

Remember back when making a mixtape for your friends meant more than sending over a Spotify playlist? When you’d carefully select songs before burning them onto a CD? (Or recording them to tape?) When every track meant something? Since it’s difficult to hand physical media through the Internet, we’ve compiled all the mixtapes we’ve posted to date below, including cuts from Johan AgebjörnBig Black DeltaBlouseDawn Golden and Rosy CrossLetting Up Despite Great FaultsMan Without CountryNite JewelPallersSunless ’97Teen Daze, and Zambri

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Digital Version of Under the Radar’s Best of 2011 Issue Contains 100 Pages of Bonus Content

Additional Bonus Interviews With: Future Islands, Metronomy, Zola Jesus and More

Mar 10, 2012

Just a reminder that the not-to-be-missed digital version of Under the Radar’s “Best of 2011” issue (available for Mac, PC, iPad, and Android via Zinio here) includes the same articles that appear in the printed version—plus 100 extra pages of editorial content not found in the print edition. Included are extra photos of BeirutBon IverThe HorrorsM83Slow ClubSummer Camp, and tUnE-yArDs. The digital version features exclusive bonus interviews with Big Black DeltaFuture IslandsHooray for EarthLanterns on the LakeMetronomyThe Pains of Being Pure at HeartReal EstateThe War on DrugsWild Flag, and Zola Jesus. More

Mar 03, 2012

Since it’s difficult to hand physical media through the Internet, we’ve compiled all the mixtapes we’ve posted to date, including cuts from Nite JewelBig Black DeltaDawn Golden and Rosy CrossJohan Agebjörn, and Pallers. More

Premiere: Big Black Delta Mixtape

Music for a Rainy Day

Jan 16, 2012

We’re quite taken with “Pleased to Meet You” artist Big Black Delta’s blend of romanticism and ear-shattering electronics. Of course, leadman Jonathan Bates (who live is joined by not one, but two drummers) also has a softer side—as evidenced by this mixtape he sent over to premiere Under the RadarMore

Under the Radar Announces Best of 2011 Issue Featuring Three Covers: Bon Iver, M83, and The Horrors

Plus: Florence and the Machine, Beirut, PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi, SBTRKT, R.E.M., and more

Dec 23, 2011

Under the Radar's Best of 2011 Issue has shipped out to subscribers and will be hitting newsstands soon. The issue features three unique covers, each featuring an artist behind one of our Top 5 albums of the year: M83The Horrors, and Bon Iver. The issue also takes a look back at other artists who have made a splash in 2011, including BeirutAnna CalviEMAFlorence and the MachineGang Gang DanceNeon IndianPJ HarveyR.E.M.SBTRKT, Slow ClubSt. VincentSummer Camp, tUnE-yArDs, and Yuck. More


Interviews

Big Black Delta

Home in His Hand

Oct 18, 2013

Eight months before the official release of Jonathan Bates' electronic-rock debut album as Big Black Delta, he found himself in the unlikely plum position of opening for Jane's Addiction on a leg of the band's summer 2012 tour. More

2012 Artist Survey: Big Black Delta

Jonathan Bates Reflects on the Last Year

Feb 06, 2013

For Under the Radar's 10th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2012. Pick up the Best of 2012 issue to read many of the responses. We are also posting additional web-exclusive artist survey interviews to the website. Here are responses from Jonathan Bates of Big Black Delta.  More

The Protest Survey: Big Black Delta’s Jonathan Bates

On the Election and the Most Overrated and Underrated Political Issues of Our Time

Oct 31, 2012

In conjunction with our Protest Issue we asked several artists the same set of politically-themed questions. These answers were provided by Big Black Delta, the Los Angeles-based project of former Mellowdrone frontman Jonathan Bates. More

Big Black Delta

The Great Unknown

Jan 16, 2012

Former Mellowdrone frontman Jonathan Bates has stepped out on his own as Big Black Delta. While his debut full-length—the appropriately named Bbdlp1—defies categorization (Ambient? Danceable? Loud?)—it’s difficult to deny its potent blend of heavy beats, scream-along choruses, and eerie electronics. More


Reviews

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Masters of Bates

Jun 06, 2013

Los Angeles-based master of synth, Jonathan Bates, has spent the past decade basically perfecting experimental pop with his band Mellowdrone. More

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(Masters of Bates)

May 02, 2013

Los Angeles-based master of synth, Jonathan Bates, has spent the past decade basically perfecting experimental pop with his band Mellowdrone. Taking a step away from the group, Bates has set out on his own as Big Black Delta, and his debut long play is a formidable collection of fresh material and works previously released only in limited editions. More

Under the Radar SXSW Party Recap: DIIV, Small Black, Poolside, Shout Out Louds and More

March 15th, 2013

Mar 26, 2013

I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to at Under the Radar’s seventh annual SXSW party. (Like any good hostess, I found myself often forgoing the entertainment to make sure no one went thirsty.) However, I was able to see a large handful of favorites (old and new) including: DIANABig Black DeltaShout Out LoudsYoung DreamsGold & YouthYoung GalaxyPoolsideDIIVDan Croll, NZCA/LINES, IO Echo, and Small Black. More

Big Black Delta at Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA

January 13th, 2012

Jan 14, 2012

Jonathan Bates is crazy. More