Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats 

Sept. 4, Neurolux

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Malia James

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Listening to Denver, Colo.-based musician Nathaniel Rateliff sing, it sounds like he has the whole of American-style music tangled up in his vocal cords. He switches effortlessly between bluesy and gravely; somber and bluesy, resonant and soulful; melancholy and ecstatic—all in the same song. Rather than come through as chaotic, Rateliff works some kind of magic, making these transitions sound cozy with each other.

Rateliff started getting some recognition singing with The Wheel in 2007, and he cut a quartet of solo albums between 2010 and 2013, when he began performing with The Night Sweats. Rateliff and his crew may still be on a well-earned high when they play Boise: They're on an extensive U.S. tour, they released their self-titled debut on Aug. 21 (Stax Records), and they played a rousing rendition of "S.O.B." (off the new album) on the Aug. 5 episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

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