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The Roots Hook Up Party Jams, Led Zep Cover at All Points West

August 9, 2008 11:07 PM ET

The Roots worked extra hard on Saturday at All Points West, turning the moody, apocalyptic songs off their last two albums into monster party jams — "Long Time" was fast and loose, "Criminal" was a funk beast. Catering to the jam-friendly audience, their "You Got Me" was a sprawling epic, complete with a Rogers and Hammerstein interpolation, a one-handed Eddie Hazel-style guitar solo and a brief cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" that made everyone go apeshit ... or at least everyone who didn't leave in the mass exodus during the bass solo, all attempting to get good spots for Radiohead, naturally.

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