The fall rush is here, promising more high-profile releases in a year already jam-packed with major musical statements. In the latest Rolling Stone playlist, sample new tracks from resurgent thrash titans Metallica, hard-edged electropunks Sleigh Bells, retro pop queen Carly Rae Jepsen and more.
Lars Ulrich recently told us that "mentally," Metallica could keep making music "for a hundred years." Sure sounds like it. The first single from their upcoming double LP is a demon-steed blast of "wretched pain" à la Eighties classics like Kill 'Em All – the sound of a band raging against the very idea of slowing down.
Carly just released a great surprise EP, Emotion Side B, full of cute-as-heck Eighties dance pop. With its disco-pipsqueak vocal fire and chewy electro groove, "Higher" is tailor-made to keep it live at the roller rink.
Brooklyn's Lvl Up are one of the most exciting new guitar bands around, and "Hidden Driver" shows why, going from low-fi strumming to power-pop ecstasy.
Sting gets his Police on with a skirt-chasing rocker on which he sounds like he's having way more fun than he's had in many years.
Leithauser (of the Walkmen) and Rostam (formerly of Vampire Weekend) make vagabond soul with a Sam Cooke–size heart.
A kush-blowing horndog epic from the trippy Atlanta yowler, with Wyclef salivating all over the smooth, rippling groove. They keep it rolling for six minutes of sky-kissing bliss.
Sleigh Bells got their start as hip-hop-loving junk-noise minimalists. But this expansively schizo banger shows them pushing their sound everywhere at once – it's the best bubblegum-punk-metal-R&B dance jam you'll hear all year.