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Spencer Patterson

Spencer Patterson is the Editor of Las Vegas Weekly, having previously served as Managing Editor, Arts & Entertainment 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

    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

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

  • Music

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Kraftwerk, Justin Timberlake and more.

  • 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.

  • A&E

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

    New spots may abound Downtown, but there’s something comforting about a packed Beauty Bar patio.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    The hip-hop crew turned in performances befitting the notable circumstances, on their own Friday and as the band behind Elvis Costello.

  • Music

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    The five-piece’s aesthetic might appeal to fans of abrasive, lo-fi recordings.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Ty Segall, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and KRS-One are all headed to town.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno went so far as to call the new spot at the Linq the best venue he’d ever played.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    The band's second post-Kurt Vile record is a solid, often gorgeous, effort.

  • A&E

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

    It’s interesting to hear the way he has, seemingly, become influenced by one of the many acts he influenced originally.

  • Food

    Friday, March 7, 2014

    Two hours after I ate it, my mouth is still confused.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

    Reverend Horton Heat, Crog-Mags, Riverboat Gamblers among more than 40 acts set to play four Downtown Vegas venues.

  • A&E

    Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014

    Kudos to those who booked it, and here’s hoping it penciled out well enough for them to experiment again.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

    Reunion album No. 5 ranks with 2012’s 'The Bears for Lunch' as the most wholly satisfying.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

    'No Trickery!' to land in Vegas for nine dates in May and June.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

    This year, Punksinvegas.com has ramped up archival efforts with full discoveries from local bands.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

    Admit it: You wouldn't be surprised to see Ryan Reynolds starring in a Turner & Hooch redux.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

    Dennis Mitchell's local show launches this weekend.

  • Music

    Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

    Daft Punk owned the Grammys last weekend, so we're digging into our archives for this chat with Thomas Bangalter.

  • Local Music

    Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

    Whatever your personal feelings, let’s all agree on this: Las Vegas is better off for having had it.

  • A&E

    Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

    Tickets go on sale February 1 at 1 p.m.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

    Translating live power onto records continues to be a struggle for Mogwai.

  • Local Music

    Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

    Co-organizer Jason Aragon left open the chance of a relaunch, without expressing confidence it would happen.

  • Music

    Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

    With today's announcement that former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry will play the Pearl, the crossover pack is officially 20 strong.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

    Radke won't be on the mic when his original band takes the stage, but he'll be up next.

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

    The Vegas native’s Life Is Beautiful set last October had a flighty festival crowd on lockdown.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

    "Tori Amos alone on the piano, I don’t think you’re gonna see that at the Brooklyn Bowl."

  • Local Music

    Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013

    The Huntridge rose again, while Holding Onto Sound said goodnight.

  • Music

    Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013

    How do you want your ears to send out 2013?