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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

    Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015

    In her usual tradition, Alberganti began handing out samples the moment we walked through the door.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

    Concerts, films, albums, books! Your guide to the cultural onslaught from Labor Day through Thanksgiving.

  • Concert Reviews

    Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015

    When he’s locked in like that, few bands can come close.

  • Music

    Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

    Their past shows in Las Vegas have been so great, so kinetic, expectations are extremely high every time The Drums come to town.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

    When Downtown’s Bunkhouse Saloon closed without warning on July 20, the loss of a key off-Strip music space brought with it a more immediate concern: What would become of the venue’s slate of upcoming shows? Vegas music fans now have their ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Crowd energy at MGM Grand Garden sags after the Canadian trio starts with too many newer songs

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    "I don't think we got the chance to fully spread our wings."

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    But before you feed your ears, a few reasons to check out the local website.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    “I realized people in Las Vegas would be wondering where those dark smoke clouds were coming from.”

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    The Downtown venue's closure left more than 25 scheduled concerts without homes.

  • Music

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    Less than a year into its second life, the Bunkhouse Saloon is dead again.

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Fans in Las Vegas can watch a simulcast at Brooklyn Bowl, at four local movie theaters or on YouTube.

  • Food

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    Blue crab tartare, a six-fish sashimi tasting, uni pasta and more. Yes, more.

  • Music

    Thursday, June 4, 2015

    The first domino in the Fremont East Entertainment District has held the line, and pushed it.

  • A&E

    Sunday, May 31, 2015

    The 66-year-old singer sounded better than he did at House of Blues in 2002 or the Hilton in '05.

  • Music

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    Norway’s Turbonegro wasn’t one of the three-day fest’s top-line headliners, but you’d never know it counting costumes in the crowd.

  • A&E

    Monday, May 4, 2015

    The acts I wanted to see stretched from 8:30 p.m. through 9:45 a.m., and I also hoped to survive the drive home.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Three tunes off new album 'Untethered Moon' crackled with the intensity fresh material tends to coax from a veteran band.

  • Music

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Where to score wax in the Valley.

  • Music

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Scan the spines, choose an album. Slide it from its sleeve, place it on the platter. Tonearm up, needle down. Side one.

  • Music

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Caravels, Mercy Music and more.

  • Music

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    I caught some Grade A sets, but the festival lacked its former spark, that intangible feeling of yes.

  • Music

    Sunday, April 12, 2015

    Jungle's dance party, an intense and memorable set from Run the Jewels and more.

  • Music

    Saturday, April 11, 2015

    Tech upgrades, a memorable headlining set from AC/DC and more.

  • Music

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    With Christine McVie back in the band, gear up for Saturday’s show by spinning songs from all three singers.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    Ride, The War On Drugs, Todd Terje and more.

  • Music

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    The indie folk artist's latest uplifts even as it distresses.

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    Find a great escape in Boulder City's inviting historic district.

  • Music

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Some bands don’t need to change to maintain our attention.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    The volume’s loud enough to leave a post-show buzz, even with earplugs safely in place, and most significantly, the mix is spot-on.

  • Men's Basketball

    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    From a squeaker versus Ball State to a blowout of Loyola Marymount, with an epic ending against Duke.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    "I did feel a little bleak, after the band had dissolved and we were done with the major-label deal. I was just kind of standing there with a few poetry books and a guitar."

  • Music

    Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

    “I wish I could say this was the first bowling alley I’ve played in, but that would not be true."

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

    According to one list, Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Las Cruces, New Mexico are better locations for football enthusiasts.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

    Some names you surely know and a few we suggest you investigate.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

    The former White Stripes frontman brings his solo show to Brooklyn Bowl this week.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

    I didn’t plan on spending Friday night pressed against the Bunkhouse stage, but nothing else made sense.

  • Music

    Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

    His 11th Street Records—and his faith that an old-fashioned vinyl store can thrive here—has music fans talking.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

    "There’s a lot of things I would have no idea about if it weren’t for the five of us meeting up in a garage to play music together."

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

    Passes to the SoCal music fest go on sale Wednesday.

  • Food

    Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015

    Weekly editor Spencer Patterson dined out 14 times in 11 days. Here are his favorite five dishes ...

  • Music

    Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

    The Roots, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga or a free four-band bill.

  • Sports

    Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

    The last time the Rebel football program made a move this bold was the 1998 hiring of John Robinson.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

    Everyone knows about 2014's Zeppelin, Dylan and Springsteen sets. Here are three others you might have missed.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

    Would they sound anything like the superb ’70s version recently showcased in Sonic Highway?

  • Music

    Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

    The 64-year-old legend spared no expense in bringing his masterwork to life inside the MGM Grand.

  • As We See It

    Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

    Weekly's new EIC says hello.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

    Remember when you had to drive to LA to catch your favorite indie bands?

  • Music

    Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

    The band's latest serves as a sad footnote to one of rock’s proudest legacies.

  • Music

    Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

    It would mark a significant course reversal for Downtown Project, which purchased the Bunkhouse for $1.4 million last year, then spent months razing most of the old building and constructing it anew.