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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

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

    "if you can connect with the artist, you just moved the ball way down the field."

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

    "The first time I saw them I was floored by the intensity,” says promoter Patrick “Pulsar” Trout.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

    His most diverse ride yet.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    From The Cure to Rihanna and David Bowie to Animal Collective, sounds we're looking forward to in 2016.

  • Dining

    Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

    The new eatery is serving burgers, flatbreads and sushi rolls, and has an impressive lineup of 24 draft beers.

  • Features

    Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

    Wings, tacos, brisket … it’s all out there waiting for your face.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

    “Neon Reverb has always been about our bands and our venues, and there’s something special about a truly Vegas festival.”

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

    The night’s high mark was undoubtedly “Religion,” off PiL’s 1978’s debut, First Issue.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

    Mayer held his own, meshing with the band and producing dazzling solos that felt connected to Jerry Garcia’s legacy.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

    Live performance, for me, has always been an escape, from real life, real worries and real danger.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

    The band's power has always stemmed from the clash of its many musical styles.

  • Dining

    Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

    Fogo de Chão grand-opened a Downtown Summerlin location, and the Weekly was there to fill up on meat.

  • Features

    Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

    My clippers didn’t have a guard, and I slipped. Badly.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

    Talking the Mets, the band's current tour and playing Vegas for Matador at 21.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

    Tomorrows Gone spawned Las Vegas' much-loved millenium band Faded Grey.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

    The 33-year-old’s music feels born of a space and time far removed from bustle and technology.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

    Sushi or burritos? That what’s-for-dinner argument has raged for centuries, and now there’s an easy answer.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

    The Plaza puts on a party to rival the Enchantment Under the Sea dance.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

    The nearly 70-year-old rocker arrived onstage without fanfare, sitting at a piano to deliver a stirring solo rendition of “After the Gold Rush.”

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

    If you liked Sunbather, you'll dig this one.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

    Plus: Las Vegas' favorite mythical creature on the finale of America's Got Talent.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

    What starts as a party starter ends up in a deep, dark place that’s not a ton of fun.

  • Noise

    Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

    The shoegazey British band plays Backstage Bar & Billiards on September 24.

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

    Radiohead has performed in Las Vegas—twice?

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

    "Once you get out on the ledge, that’s really where it’s fun."

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

    It's one of the stranger things we've witnessed.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Caravels, Mercy Music and more.

  • 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

    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.