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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

  • Dining

    Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

    Losing a favorite restaurant can feel like losing a friend.

  • Local Music

    Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

    From Caravels to Same Sex Mary, here's a handy guide to what's available right now.

  • Local Music

    Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

    Faded Grey, Curl Up and Die and the holy grail of first-wave Vegas punk.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

    Item one: more elves.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

    What we know about the anticipated space, and what we don't.

  • A&E

    Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

    Las Vegas band to battle Daft Punk, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin(?) for music awards.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013

    Doug Martsch's melodic guitar work still fills a room, and his voice, even in its roughest road condition, still aches with a winsome vulnerability.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

    Also, some tasty sea urchin in Seattle.

  • Dining

    Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

    From the super-minimal space to the parade of obscure, flavor-rich fish, everything about Kabuto screams “once in a lifetime.”

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

    This is a side of Spencer Krug you haven't seen before.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

    The Green Valley shopping complex recently paved a road over its pedestrian walkway.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

    A continuous sensory flood over two days in Downtown Las Vegas, the Life Is Beautiful Festival turned out to be pretty spectacular.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

    A great album got a great cover by a great band.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

    We will be back next year. ... And I can tell you, the growth potential for this thing is tremendous.

  • Noise

    Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

    The Welsh trio rocked with intensity for its full 45 minutes, producing some of the festival’s most deafening jams.

  • Noise

    Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

    One of the festival’s most celebrated performers was totally undone by tragically poor sound.

  • Noise

    Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

    The last time Beck played a Las Vegas music festival, I walked out.

  • Noise

    Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

    The Homegrown area is open and inviting, buttressed by three interactive installations.

  • Noise

    Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

    The female frontwomen's dreamy vocal interplay left a lasting impression, as the group played bouncy, synth-tinged tunes.

  • A&E

    Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

    Bay Area rocker Ty Segall's new trio brings the heavy to Downtown.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

    Dean & Britta set to provide live accompaniment for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests at Life Is Beautiful fest.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

    You can't see every act, so we took the liberty to pare it down for you...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

    The Killers to close out two-day fest October 27 on Downtown Stage.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

    Brian Havens' two-hour stage production set to debut Sunday, October 13 in Riverside, California.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

    From 'Splash' to 'Cast Away,' good things tend to happen when he hits the high seas.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

    The setlist leaned more heavily on classic cuts as the show wore on. What’s not fun about that?

  • Music

    Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

    The seminal alt-rock band, which last played the Joint in 2010, returns minus a member.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

    “We’re about as D.I.Y. as you can get, but I think it sounds about as good as it can."

  • A&E

    Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013

    You might know Bob Dylan opened the House of Blues, but do you remember who opened the Joint?

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013

    Single-day tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

  • A&E

    Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013

    Who says Rush and Bruce Springsteen have the most rabid fans in rock?

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013

    CCSD schools are no longer required to teach it in classrooms, but they can if they so choose.

  • A&E

    Friday, Sept. 6, 2013

    Both superstar rappers revealed tour schedules—featuring Las Vegas dates—within minutes of each other today.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

    From iHeartRadio to Life Is Beautiful and Jesse Ware to Justin Timberlake.

  • Sports

    Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

    No more hoping DeMarco Murray makes it through another season.

  • Music

    Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013

    A sadly undersized crowd at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip reveled in an intense performance and an encore for the ages.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

    After going seven years between Las Vegas tour stops, the band has suddenly dropped by three times in four years.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013

    The October festival presents its final Downtown music showcase during August's First Friday.

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    There's a barrage of new local music out there. We're here to help.

  • A&E

    Saturday, July 27, 2013

    A great setlist, but too bad the headliner's voice was buried beneath his bandmates.

  • Local Elections

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    They draw mixed reactions ... and they like it that way.

  • As We See It

    Monday, July 15, 2013

    What had been a creeping crowdfunding effort to save the Las Vegas landmark has kicked into high gear.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    The Jethro Tull leader's live presentation of 'Thick as a Brick 2' was the real revelation.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    The Bunkhouse isn't closing for good, but whatever comes next will be something different.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    P.S.: The Bunkhouse closes for a remodel after Saturday night.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    This album just screams epic.

  • A&E

    Friday, June 14, 2013

    The synth-pop foursome inspires ... stage dives and a circle pit?!

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    The Scottish duo delivered its best material in more than a decade.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    Failure to achieve the indiegogo.com goal could doom the project before it begins.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

    The Downtown fest’s inaugural two-day run ought to sell, great news for anyone hoping the event is more than a one-year wonder.