Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
It took Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats less than five years to become one of the most recognizable new forces in contemporary rock ’n’ roll. Since 2015, Rateliff has led his denim-clad, horn-flanked Night Sweats, supplying the zeal of a whiskey-chugging Pentecostal preacher to songs about this world’s shared woes. They’ve had hits, sure, but their combustible mix of soul and rock quickly cemented them as the rare generational band who balanced ecstatic live shows with engrossing and rich records. To wit, is there any other modern act capable of revving up stadium crowds for The Rolling Stones (and being asked by Bob Dylan to open two separate tours) before appearing on Saturday Night Live and CMT Crossroads and at NPR’s Tiny Desk in short order.