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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

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 25, 2013

    Melodies turn rowdy, quiet moments explode and long, deep grooves emerge in the most unexpected places.

  • Music

    Sunday, April 21, 2013

    Leader Ben Gibbard says, "We should do a residency here."

  • Music

    Friday, April 19, 2013

    U.K. band's first-ever Las Vegas concert gets a smallish crowd moving at Boulevard Pool.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    What the festival lacked? Some extra oomph to put it over the top.

  • Celebrities

    Monday, April 15, 2013

    Windstorms sent some fans running, but others stayed for Dinosaur Jr. and the Wu-Tang Clan.

  • A&E

    Sunday, April 14, 2013

    Grizzly Bear's awesome evening set, Janelle Monáe and Moby.

  • A&E

    Saturday, April 13, 2013

    Packed tents, Nick Cave and which band's sound was cut in the middle of its big finish.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    Recommendations from two music writers headed to the SoCal desert fest

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    From New Order at the Cosmo to Beach House at the House of Blues.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    Album-of-the-year potential?

  • Local Music

    Saturday, April 6, 2013

    "As of today, HOTS is no more," reads a post tonight on the band's Facebook page.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    "50 and Counting" tour to bring British band back to MGM Grand Garden Arena.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 2, 2013

    Hard rock band signs on for 12 more shows in September and October.

  • Local Music

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    Highs and lows, favorite acts and plans for the fall.

  • Local Music

    Monday, March 25, 2013

    Milk Music, Gun Outfit, Rusty Maples and more put a cap on the 10th edition.

  • Local Music

    Sunday, March 24, 2013

    A Crowd of Small Adventures, Same Sex Mary, Dusty Sunshine and more at the Bunkhouse.

  • A&E

    Friday, March 22, 2013

    Legendary live performer plays the Joint four times, on April 26 and 27.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

    Legendary performer's backing band reveals April 26 and 27 stopover at the Joint.

  • Music

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Nine bands to see at Neon Reverb, from Most Thieves to Milk Music.

  • A&E

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    The New Yorker further separated herself from most of today’s big-voiced pop stars with an impressive display of musicianship, charisma and artistic vision.

  • A&E

    Saturday, March 16, 2013

    Wanda Jackson, 7 Seconds, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes included in fest's latest announcement.

  • A&E

    Saturday, March 16, 2013

    From November 23 to February 9 to April 20 to off completely.

  • Local Music

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    Tickets for all-ages show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 7, 2013

    What will it take to get Spencer Patterson back inside the performing arts center?

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    What's the best music to clear your mind?

  • Local Music

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    Organizer Jason Aragon explains why the Downtown music fest has scaled back for March and what its plans are for the fall.

  • A&E

    Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

    The new, new date: Saturday, April 20.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

    The unrelenting 29-minute charge feels equally indebted to ’80s hardcore, ’90s noise-rock and arty post-punk, with messy, grinding production just beneath its surface.

  • A&E

    Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013

    Pete Townshend's windmill-hand injury leaves concert in momentary limbo.

  • A&E

    Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

    New Order, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and more book April shows at the Cosmopolitan.

  • A&E

    Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

    Tickets on sale now for elusive indie group's Cosmopolitan show.

  • Local Music

    Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

    Vicky Cryer, a project spearheaded by Louis XIV frontman Jason Hill, will release its record on April 16.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

    Modest Mouse, The Postal Service, Nick Cave among dozens of other acts on the bill.

  • Local Music

    Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

    Start with Caravels—whose March 26 album 'Lacuna' was recorded at the Palms—then continue on to nine other local bands you should hear right now.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

    First free show to feature Rusty Maples and five others at Artifice on February 6.

  • A&E

    Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

    Bad Religion, The Damned and former Black Flag members to headline May Downtown music festival.

  • A&E

    Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

    Rising R&B star Miguel to open for Keys March 15 at Mandalay Bay.

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

    Most Thieves keyboardist built a killer studio for local acts to thrive.

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

    "I’m gonna stay in Vegas till Vegas kicks me out.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

    Actor/country singer schedules April shows at two Stations properties.

  • Taste

    Monday, Dec. 31, 2012

    From stellar steak to top-notch sushi, we ate it all in 2012.

  • Local Music

    Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

    Hard rockers scheduled to release fourth album this spring.

  • A&E

    Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

    Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

    Also, Rush is going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yay!

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

    Spencer Patterson researched all this so you don't have to

  • Features

    Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012

    What happened after he finished all 54 tapas on the menu? He ranked them, of course.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

    The Canadian power trio isn't taking it easy on its current tour, as evidenced by a rousing MGM Grand stop.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

    As the Toronto trio ratcheted up its intensity, so did the crowd, until the scene could have been confused for a riot.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

    Also, November brings pumpkin overload.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

    The alt-country veteran's first Vegas performance in nine years is short but pretty sweet.