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A brief, happy reunion for Above/Below

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In a region noted for indie rock and Americana, hip-hop is slowly clawing its way into the musical consciousness.

It's sad, then, that perhaps our finest proprietors of the form, the jazz-rap ensemble Above/Below, perform their "Absolutely Farewell Show - No, Really! It IS The Last One" on Saturday at the Oasis Pub in New London.

Yes, some of you may recall A/B formally broke up the band last year when three of the members respectively moved to Georgia, California, and Massachusetts. Yet, Above/Below's "Two Sides" CD is nominated for a Whalie award for Album of the Year. And, despite being scattered across the country, Above/Below managed to record two songs, "Things Get Better" and "Alchemy," for the Cosmodemonic's Cosmosingles series released over Hygienic Weekend in January.

Think of Saturday's performance as a celebration rather than a wake. As drummer Jonas Sanchez says, "I think we've already grieved over the band's dissolution last year. This show feels more like a reunion than another ending." Godspeed, dudes.

Mista Mayday, Sketch Tha Cataclysm, and Rabbi Darkside are also part of the celebration.

- RICK KOSTER

Above/Below Farewell Show, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oasis Pub, 16 Bank St., New London; $5; (860) 447-3929.

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