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Ben Harper Turns Guitar Troubles Into Triumph at All Points West

August 10, 2008 11:06 PM ET

After spending the first 10 minutes of his set fixing puzzling over a malfunctioning guitar with a slew of equally perplexed roadies, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals got themselves out of jail with an impeccably played and impressively varied set on All Points West's final day. Although the rock-tinged numbers allowed Harper to indulge the guitar-solo lover in him, it was the softer folk-reggae of "Excuse Me Mister" that got the early evening stoners swaying in a lightly bombed unison.

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