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Spencer Patterson

Spencer Patterson is Las Vegas Weekly's Managing Editor, having previously served as Arts & Entertainment Editor, Music Editor and a Staff Writer for the magazine. A graduate of Cornell University, he's an obsessive album listener who can typically be found earphoned, discovering new artists or digging deeply into favorites' back-catalogs. He's also a voracious sea urchin eater; if you have a celestial uni spot to recommend, please drop him a line.

Story Archive

  • Music

    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

    Jethro Tull invented the seed drill back in the 19th century, and Ian Anderson wasn't aware of that when his band was named.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

    Kitze + The CPUs' tech-heavy show includes projection-mapped visuals, drum pads—and a joystick.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

    The label latest release: 15th-anniversary compilation 'A Snapshot of the 2014 Las Vegas Music Scene'

  • Music

    Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

    Whatever the financial benefits of being back out there, it puts their mythology at risk, and the results are somewhat mixed.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

    Plus, Rusty Maples brothers Blair and Ian Dewane tour in support of Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

    Sometimes being prolific isn't always a great thing.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

    Foo Fighters, Skrillex and Arctic Monkeys close out fest on Sunday. Kanye plays Friday, OutKast Saturday.

  • Music

    Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

    From Katy Perry to Kiss, Ty Segall to Phish, fall's concert calendar is packed with notable names.

  • Music

    Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

    A retro treat from the 1980s power-pop greats.

  • Music

    Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

    The new shows end before some of the old ones started. Really.

  • Music

    Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

    "I approach live music as a party, not a concert," says Jason Scoppa, the man behind the venue's design and concept.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

    Boise's indie veterans headline the Bunkhouse's reopening bash on August 25.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

    There's lots of musical goodness flowing our way.

  • Music

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Also on the schedule: a throng of local acts, including Most Thieves, Ekoh and The Big Friendly Corporation.

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    It picks up from last year’s 'Cyclops Reap' writing-wise, but in a less fuzzy, less fragmented sonic environment.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    The two franchises are set to premiere their second installments on Syfy.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Cool new J5 feature: The group takes requests.

  • Music

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    The last time the Vermonters played Halloween here, they covered The Velvet Underground's 'Loaded.'

  • Music

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Little Dragon, Baauer, Kimbra among latest batch of LIB names.

  • A&E

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    The finale was the real highlight, an epic slab of ambient noise that shook frighteningly even as it pulsed with warmth.

  • Theater

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    'Anton Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard of the Living Dead' leads with six wins, 'Red' named Best Production.

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    The Downtown venue relaunches August 25, with Built to Spill headlining.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    As great nights with old friends tend to, it flew by, leaving the audience buzzing but also a bit bummed.

  • Music

    Monday, July 7, 2014

    My favorite Panic moments come when the sextet moves as a unit, with Dave Schools’ nimble bass at its center.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    The Weekly's Spencer Patterson points you to Carla Bozulich, Morgan Delt, Innercity Ensemble and more.

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    The band plays Backstage Bar & Billiards in a one-night-only comeback … or might there be more?

  • Music

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    Ultimately, I could have closed my eyes and still been transfixed.

  • Music

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Even if the beloved Downtown hangout's programming changes, other venues are carrying the independent-music torch.

  • Music

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    An argument could be made that Life Is Beautiful trumped Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza in the ’14 headliner sweepstakes.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Plus live music at Lavo, a Kickstarter and upcoming releases from Vegas locals.

  • Music

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, The Roots, Lionel Richie among others on the lineup.

  • Music

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Music Issue 2014: Inside the Bunkhouse before its kickoff with Built to Spill and so much more.

  • Music

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Kraftwerk, Justin Timberlake and more.

  • Music

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    The season is chock full of highly anticipated album releases. Get all the deets here.

  • Music

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    And the award for Creepiest Cover of an Already Creepy Song goes to …

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    Find fresh air, live local music and a beer-drinking contest at the BC bash.

  • A&E

    Monday, May 12, 2014

    General admission passes will sell for $375, fees included.

  • Features

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

    From the Swedish Chef to Deadmau5 to Anthony Bourdain, the people we'd really like to chat with.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    We've seen enough empty floor space to make us uncomfortable.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    A bigger beer list. A refreshed art program. Crowd-drawing DJs. What's next for Coachella?

  • Music

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    Arcade Fire might still be playing somewhere.

  • Music

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    The Pixies in a tent and, hey, that’s Jay Z!

  • Music

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Things "got weird" with OutKast, Swedish experimentalists The Knife confuse the crowd, and other musings from the Southern California music fest.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Festival veterans Spencer Patterson and Mike Prevatt recommend a few acts worth leaving Vegas to see.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Buy Robert Randolph a beer and he just might play his guitar with the glass.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    From Mogwai to Bryan Ferry, Chance the Rapper to Lorde.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    Live, it doesn’t just wash over you; it fills you with sound—at once heavy and peaceful and intense and triumphant.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    Also free bowling for Las Vegas locals throughout the weekend!

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    In fact, we can't hear these songs anymore without remembering the movies.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    They made one of last year's best albums. And they're coming to Vegas.