About a year-and-a-half after Merrill Garbus, who records under the moniker Tune-Yards, released her breakthrough 2011 sophomore record, "whokill," a groove-inducing tour de force of looped vocals and African-inspired polyrhythms that made critics and crowds take notice, she couldn't stand herself. "After hearing so much about yourself and your own music," said the singer/multi-instrumentalist in a recent interview, "you say, 'I know it's not all about me, so what is it all about?' "

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