When: Fri., Dec. 19, 9 p.m. 2014
Led by vocalist Dave Gutter and his uniquely soulful, rock-tumbler-in-the-throat howl, Portland, Maine’s Rustic Overtones have been doing their thing for about 20 years now — give or take a hiatus here and there. From the catchy funk-pop bombast of their seminal 1995 album Long Division to their 2001 major-label effort Viva Nueva! to their most recent albums, Let’s Start a Cult and Let’s Start a Cult 2 (2012 and 2013, respectively), they remain an uncommonly vital group. Catch Rustic Overtones at Nectar’s in Burlington on Friday, December 19, with Albany, N.Y., funky bunch Groovestick.