This week we learned that going to concerts regularly will lead to a happier life — at least according to one study. In a survey of 1,000 Australians, Victoria’s Deakin University found that those who attended any sort of communal musical experience reported higher levels of satisfaction with their lives. And lest you go thinking that a VR trip to Coachella will be good enough, the study insisted that the “communal” aspect of the experience was the key. While we might not be dancing to these tunes in the same room, maybe you’ll get some benefit from all of us listening to these great new songs together.
10. Metallica – “Hardwired”
Metallica are finally back. The band have announced their first album in eight years entitled Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, which will drop on November 18th via Blackened Recordings. Hardwired will be a double album and serve as the follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic. Alongside the announcement, Metallica have released their lead title single, a thrashed throwback to the ferociously raw Kill ‘Em All. Hetfield wields his staple apocalyptic growl as the song is filled to the brim with whiplash riffs, frenetic kick drums, high-tempo pummeling power chords, and crash-and-burn solos. –Alejandra Ramirez
09. Clearance – “Owner/Operator”
Still riding high on the 2015 release of their excellent debut album, Rapid Rewards, Chicago outfit Clearance are returning with a briefer, yet no less sweet new release. Their new 7-inch, Are You Aware, is due in only a week, so you best get yourself prepared. And what better way than with the Malkmus-indebted “Owner/Operator”, a jangly drifter that runs on Arthur Velez’ tight drumbeat. But the true star, as might be expected from anything so obviously soaked in Pavement nostalgia, is the laconic delivery of guitarist Mike Bellis, who even manages to drop a Kinks reference into the mix. Grab Are You Aware at your local record store via Tall Pat Records. –Adam Kivel
08. Kool Keith feat. MF DOOM – “Super Hero”
Set to release his 22nd studio album, Feature Magnetic, on September 16th via Mello Music Group, Kool Keith has shared the third single, “Super Hero”. The song features the forever-elusive rapper MF DOOM, adding to his list of team-ups in the past months that already included Madlib, Ghostface Killah, and Atmosphere. The track proves a perfect pairing for both hip-hop veterans as they each drop lines brimming with references to Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Doctor Octopus and wax philosophical over foreboding electronics and starburst synths. –Alejandra Ramirez