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Tool Returns After 13 Years With a No. 1 Album

For years, the rock band Tool stubbornly sat out music’s digital era. It refused to make its albums of sludgy, off-kilter metal available online — not just on streaming services like Spotify, but download stores like iTunes as well — even well after fellow holdouts like the Beatles and AC/DC …

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Young Thug Gets His Due, but Is It Too Late?

Last month, the Atlanta rapper Young Thug, who has been releasing mind-bending and style-bending music since 2011, had his first No. 1 album on the Billboard chart, “So Much Fun.” It was a triumph for one of the most innovative — and most emulated — hip-hop artists of the 2010s. …

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Hip-Hop Festivals Are Locking Into Place

Over the last few decades, festival culture has both exploded and grown stale. Beginning in the spring and running through summer into fall, there are dozens of gatherings across the country that at one point felt unique, but have largely congealed into one aesthetic formulation repeated ad nauseam. These events …

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