Thursday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Current indie heroes The xx are in town tonight, performing at Vivo Rio in Flamengo. The group’s debut album, “xx”, won universal acclaim and ranked well on “best of the year” lists, placing ninth on the Rolling Stone list. In the 2009 NME Future Fifty list, The xx were positioned at number six, and in October 2009, they were named one of MTV Iggy’s “Top Ten Bands with Buzz”.
The band began simply as a duo, formed by members Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft. Guitarist Baria Qureshi joined once they began performing in 2005, with Jamie Smith joining a year later. The xx have been brought to Rio by “Queremos”, a groundbreaking format that gets fans directly involved in the process of making a concert happen using crowdfunding.
The xx (Glória)
The xx are an English indie band, formed in Wandsworth, London in 2005. The band met while studying at Elliott School, the same school that produced Hot Chip, Burial, and Four Tet. The group’s debut album, “xx”, was met with sweeping critical praise, achieving universal acclaim, and rightly so given the lush textures and rich soundscapes found therein.
Vivo Rio – 10PM
Av. Infante Dom Henrique 85, Parque do Flamengo – Tel: (21) 2272-2900
Residents DJs Bruno Vinelli, Fabio Farinha and Pedro Piu throw down todays top hip hop hits on vinyl and CD at 00 in Gávea. The chic venue serves food and drinks as well as providing a killer dancefloor both inside and out.
00 – 10PM
Av. Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041
Entrance: R$40 for men, R$30 for women
La Paz Jazz (Centro)
The fresh, new downtown nightclub La Paz is starting a new program in the month of October featuring the best of Jazz every Thursday night. Tonight’s special guests are Marcelo Muller and Caracol.
La Paz – 11PM
Rua do Resende 82, Centro – Tel: (21) 2509-2403
Entrance: R$20 with guest list, R$40 without
Singer and composer Toninho Geraes, a very big name in Brazilian music, is about to release his third CD, titled “Precito”.
Carioca da Gema – 9:30 PM
Av. Mem de Sá 79, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
João Gabriel e Grupo Tendências (Lapa)
Sertanejo will fill the house tonight as João Gabriel takes the stage in Lapa. Enjoy live music and a hefty roster of local and imported beers.
Lapa 40º – 11:30 PM
Rua do Riachuelo 97, Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9005
PUBS & BARS:
Mud Bug (Copacabana)
With two locations in Copacabana, Mud Bug providing a great selection of beers and a menu as well. There isn’t much missing from this American style staple. Also expect to hear live jazz, blues, MPB and rock from time to time.
Mud Bug – 5PM
Rua Rudolpho Dantas 16, Copacabana – Tel:(21) 2543-5052
Blue Agave (Copacabana)
Some of the best Mexican food and margaritas in Rio, plus live American and European sports on TV. They also have the original location in Ipanema.
Blue Agave – 5PM
Rua Aires Saldanha 21C, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 3592-9271
Mab’s Restaurant and Bar (Copacabana)
The newly American-owned beachfront restaurant and bar on Copacabana Beach is a great place for food and drinks.
Restaurante Mab’s – 9AM
Avenida Atlântica 1140, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
Lapa Irish Pub (Lapa)
If you are up for some Irish beer and a nice environment to drink it in, this is the place to go. With its trendy decor, this pub attracts many different kinds of people and offers London Pride and Heineken on draft.
Lapa Irish Pub – 5PM
Rua Evaristo da Veiga 147, Lapa – Tel (21) 2221-7236
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