If you’re a working-class hero who can’t afford to see Macca at Dodger Stadium, there’s a much more economical, harder-rocking and femme-tastic power-pop bill happening the same night, at the Hi Hat in Highland Park. Fronted by former Love Me Nots chanteuse-keyboardist Nicole Laurenne, The Darts crank up catchy ’60s-style garage-rock anthems that are powered with punk-rock energy on their new Alternative Tentacles album, I Like You but Not Like That. Laurenne’s sultry vocals and carny keyboards are layered over a raw, feral garage aggression that’s closer in spirit to the primal ferocity of The Seeds, The Pandoras or even The Animals than to the relatively polite music of The Moptops. Headliners The Dollyrots’ new record, Daydream Explosion, leans more to the punk side of things, mixed with an effusive power-pop exuberance.
The Hi Hat, 5043 York Blvd., Highland Park; Sat., July 13, 8 p.m.; $12. hihat.la.