STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Shangri-La Dee Da (Atlantic) Once-stoned head Pilot Scott Weiland cleaned up for the follow-up to the band’s 1999 platinum disc, No. 4.
MANDY MOORE Mandy Moore (Epic) On her third album in three years, the 17-year-old Neutrogena spokesmodel adds live instruments to the usual computer-generated mix.
SISQO Return of Dragon (Dragon/Def Jam) The Baltimorean reunites with former hometown clan Dru Hill for one track on this Teddy Riley-produced batch of thongs.
DAVE NAVARRO Trust No One (Capitol) The debut solo album from the former Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist features a cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Venus in Furs” and the first single, “Rexall,” named after the Hollywood pharmacy where his parents met.
IN THE STUDIO
METALLICA, in the Bay Area, laying down their first batch of new material since 1998’s Garage Inc. Longtime producer Bob Rock returns to the helm and is sitting in for bassist Jason Newsted, who quit the band in January.
DILATED PEOPLES, in Los Angeles and New York City, recording Expansion Team (Sept. 24) with the Beatnuts, the Roots’ Black Thought, and Gang Starr’s DJ Premier. “On our last album, we touched the city,” says Peoples person Rakka, of his hometown, L.A. “This time, we’re trying to take the world.”
LIT, in L.A., with Don Gilmore, the producer behind 1999’s A Place in the Sun (featuring the hit “My Own Worst Enemy”). The September disc will be “bigger and bolder,” promises guitarist Jeremy Popoff.