When: Fri., Jan. 27, 10 p.m. 2017
When he’s not fronting Portland, Maine’s horn-heavy rock outfit Rustic Overtones, Dave Gutter makes scintillating electro-pop as Armies with colead vocalist Anna Lombard. Originally conceived as a commercial film and TV project while Gutter was working in LA, it eventually transformed into a full-fledged band with additional members of Rustic Overtones. Rolling Stone included their self-titled album as one of its “15 Great Albums You Didn’t Hear in 2015.” Throughout, Gutter and Lombard’s danceable duets range from darkly sweet to jubilantly sardonic. Armies play on Friday, January 27, at Positive Pie in Montpelier.