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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, Oct. 29, 2014

    He's exhausted, but extremely excited about the future.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

    The inaugural festival succeeded largely on the strength of surprise. This time, there could be no replicating that initial burst of wonder.

  • Music

    Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

    This OutKast played like an improved version of April’s Coachella OutKast.

  • Music

    Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

    More than half the band's Saturday set was drawn from new album 'Seeds,' which isn't out until November 18.

  • Music

    Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

    The Downtown venue is outside the fence line but will have its own access point.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

    Life Is Beautiful 2014 Preview: How will this year compare to last year? Plus so much more!

  • Music

    Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

    Seven years after its frontman performed naked at Art Bar, the glam-pop band delivered an eye feast of extraordinary visuals and a (sometimes) hypersexual catalog.

  • Music

    Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

    Extra points off to anyone even considering swapping a “z” for an “s."

  • Music

    Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

    Absorbed in pieces, the fourth album from LA retro-rockers Foxygen works slightly better than it does as an 82-minute adventure, but that’s not saying much.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

    Has the Danish punk quartet thawed out?

  • Downtown

    Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

    Returning to LIB? Don’t assume you know exactly where you’re going once you get inside.

  • Food

    Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

    Bunkhouse grubbin'! Grits n' gravy and BBQ broccoli? These appetizers sound insane but taste delicious.

  • Music

    Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

    A memorable and unique night—filled with "equilibrius flourishes."

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

    From concert posters to old-school gadgetry, Vic Wilburn has fine-tuned his favorite spot in the house.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

    Even more than his return itself, it was the way Mould returned that made the night extra special

  • Music

    Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

    The chaotic moshpit went from fun to foolish (see: the two heads I watched smash together during “Feel”).

  • Music

    Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

    Are you ready for his September 30 show at the Bunkhouse? You better get ready.

  • Music

    Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

    Once again, the longtime Jethro Tull leader proved that he has a lot left to offer besides nostalgia for his old band.

  • Music

    Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

    Despite the small throng at his feet, the showman gives us far more than most performers ever do, singing from a place deep within his being.

  • 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.