Contact

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

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018

    The English band helped define art-rock during the late ’60s and early ’70s, and earned induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

    What began in 1969 as a low-key side project for Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady turned into a lifelong pursuit.

  • Noise

    Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

    Over the course of four riff-stuffed days and nights, we were reminded just how perfectly the fest fit the venue and vice versa.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

    From Dvne to Witchcraft and Goblin to Sunn O)))

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

    Coming soon: a fenced-in side-patio area that could turn into your new favorite outdoor eating space when the calendar turns to fall.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018

    The Chamanas at Bunkhouse, Ben Nichols at Backstage Bar & Billiards and Snakehips at the Hard Rock Hotel pool.

  • Noise

    Friday, July 27, 2018

    In 24 hours, the Bunkhouse went from seven musicians onstage to just one—and both acts delivered.

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    Bonus: another chance to catch hometown hero Shamir.

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 5, 2018

    Trippy things are happening in Poland, judging from Kraków-based label Instant Classic.

  • Noise

    Thursday, May 3, 2018

    The wildly prolific Japanese psych-rock outfit has released more than 120 albums. Really.

  • Noise

    Sunday, April 22, 2018

    The former Talking Heads man chose a sequence that made use of his staging, his rhythmically oriented band and his appreciably strong voice.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    "We’re just as well-known for our chopped salads, our pancakes and our triple-decker sandwiches as for our bagels.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    The tunes are stretched-out and stoner-iffic, swaying between the blues-ness of Sabbath and Zeppelin and the space exploration of Loop and Spacemen 3

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    We help you prep for the Bunkhouse gig featuring the garage rocker, whose catalog swells well beyond 20 LPs.

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    Three good reasons to head Downtown on a Wednesday night.

  • Noise

    Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

    The Sahara store will soon relocate to Rainbow Boulevard, just south of Charleston.

  • Noise

    Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

    Among others confirmed: Enslaved, American Nightmare, Boris, CKY and Rocket From the Crypt.

  • Noise

    Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

    The Downtown music fest takes places March 8-11 at the Bunkhouse Saloon, Beauty Bar, Backstage Bar & Billiards, Artifice and Cornish Pasty.

  • Noise

    Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

    He channels Radiohead, Faces-era Rod Stewart, Of Montreal and Townes Van Zandt on his latest album—and that’s just on the first of its four sides.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

    For nearly 20 years, The Octopus Project has been crafting an electronic-washed strain of indie music that might best be categorized as experimental-pop.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

    Passes to the heavy-rock gathering's third edition go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

  • Features

    Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

    These are some of the men and women responsible for cannabis' overwhelmingly successful start in Southern Nevada.

  • Features

    Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

    These are some of the men and women responsible for cannabis' overwhelmingly successful start in Southern Nevada.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

    If recent setlists hold up, the Japanese trio will play droney new album Dear straight-through.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

    If you’ve exited the eastbound 215 at Eastern Avenue recently, you’ve surely noticed two massive, black-metallic heads rising from the median.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

    Of course, such sentiments hit hardest when accompanied by magical melodies, and the LP largely succeeds.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

    “I think live, Bob is singing better than ever,” guitarist Doug Gillard says. “He wants the emphasis to be on the music, instead of the spectacle.”

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

    By the end of the night, the crowd had danced, cheered and, in some cases, cried itself to the point of exhaustion.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

    Tegan and Sara treated Saturday’s show as a sort of storytelling session, addressing 2007 album "The Con"—and anything tangential to it.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

    During its original November weekend, Emerge will host a concert at Brooklyn Bowl benefitting victims.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

    NASCAR, NFR, rugby and more

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

    Our team. That sounds good. Especially right now.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

    Meet the new Wolf Parade … even better than the old Wolf Parade?

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

    There’s a running Morricone Western thread that culminates in closer “Anthem for No State,” but overall the record sounds relatively unsurprising.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    Frontman Cory Hanson and drummer Evan Burrows served in Ty Segall’s backing band for last year’s Neon Reverb-capping performance.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    “It’s sad to see everyone leaving because this plaza is getting old. You don’t leave your grandparents because they’re getting old.”

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

    Also announced: a huge wave of new bands, including Lower Dens, White Reaper and The Regrettes.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

    A lot has been made of the show’s tempo shift, from meandering crawl to sudden charge.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

    He brewed up this music in a remote part of Australia, while living in a house approachable only by rowboat.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

    The moon blacked out the sun on Monday, but a deeper form of darkness descended upon Las Vegas some 48 hours earlier.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

    The two groups hits the Hard Rock Hotel and the Smith Center within a six-day span.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

    Psycho Las Vegas | August 18-20, $99/day, $249/fest. | Hard Rock Hotel | vivapsycho.com.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

    “At a lot of other festivals put so much focus on headliners that people don’t find new talent. A lot of these artists have a chance to blow up.”

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

    The sextet established its muscle immediately, opening with roaring versions of the three leadoff tracks from June’s Crack-Up, the group’s first LP in six years.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

    Henderson will have to wait at least another month before its five dispensaries can sell recreational marijuana.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

    Remember when summer break meant summer break?

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

    The Englishman paints vivid pictures—of Medieval commoners scared to die in battle, struggling to stay fed, warding off dark characters—with a compositional style reminiscent of Roy Harper and Joanna Newsom.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

    Chada Street, Cleo, Mint and more

  • Noise

    Monday, Aug. 7, 2017

    The duo and its six-piece backing group sprinkled in a cluster of relative rarities, while rearranging other parts of the two-hour, 23-song concert.

  • Noise

    Monday, Aug. 7, 2017

    During its 24-year touring history, GBV has played Las Vegas just once, at a one-off festival seven years ago.