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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

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018

    Each show was loaded with smart setlist selections and exploratory, meaningful jams—all of it augmented by Chris Kuroda’s mesmerizing light show.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

    The Vermont quartet plays its fourth October 31 show in Las Vegas this week.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

    The Holy Chicken is the answer to your prayers.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

    The 45-year-old desert-rock icon plays Count’s Vamp’d on October 11.

  • Sports

    Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

    The Vegas Golden Knights lost their regular season opener Thursday night, just as the Pittsburgh Penguins did in 2015, the Boston Bruins did in 2010 and the Chicago Blackhawks did in 2009 ...

  • 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.