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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

  • Intersection

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    Is the new version really all that terrible? It depends who you ask.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Remember when a Kodiak bear out-hot dogged competitive-eating hero Tokeru Kobayashi?

  • A&E

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    “These are the 100 emerging artists you should be paying attention to, because they’re going to really matter in the next 18 to 24 months."

  • Noise

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Like much of folk music, it conjures a less complicated time and place, but more than most, it feels like it was specifically crafted to provide escape from the exasperating world around us.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Traffic has been EDC’s one unrelenting headache since the festival moved to Vegas.

  • Noise

    Monday, June 5, 2017

    The band did an excellent job rewarding repeat customers, who heard 35 unique tunes between two recent visits to the venue.

  • Noise

    Monday, May 29, 2017

    Far from noodling, leader Tom Verlaine picked each note and made every sound with very specific purpose.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    “Someday I’d like to have something living in Vegas. Some sort of residency would be optimal.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Kabuto, Soho and, yes, an all-you-can-eat feast.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    Principal songwriter Neil Halstead’s wondrous palate still tickles the senses the way it did circa Souvlaki.

  • Noise

    Sunday, April 16, 2017

    The fest's normally uber-reliable sound system failed three separate times, leaving the band playing without amplification, as fans winced their disappointment.

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    After Robert Pollard went it alone on last year’s Please Be Honest, he takes the opposite approach.

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas has persevered because its creators prioritized the two most important aspects of concertgoing: sight and sound.

  • Features

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Like any wild animals, they migrate toward areas with more plentiful food supplies, aka rabbits, squirrels and other small-prey species.

  • Noise

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    Sunday’s de-facto headliner delivered a blissful wall of guitar noise that relented only when the foursome departed for its next gig.

  • Noise

    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    The show was to feature 11 acts—each wholly or partially comprised of female musicians—playing to an all-ages crowd at Arts District warehouse Inside Style.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    Whether it's Downtown or on the Strip, these watering holes will satisfy to start your night out.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Smart setlist construction helped build the mood, with songs presented in mini-blocks from the metal band's three albums.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

    Also new to the bill: Psychic TV, Earthless and ex-Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley.

  • Noise

    Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

    The three-night total: 77 songs, without a repeat. That’s how you take over a venue.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    Extreme Thing has gone dark again and ACM’s Party for a Cause has transformed.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

    Gaga's got her work cut out if she's gonna catch up with Left Shark.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

    The indie band followed its hour-long set with ... an hour-long encore.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

    Also on the bill: Bash & Pop, fronted by The Replacements' Tommy Stinson; Chicano Batman; and LVL UP.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

    The garage-rock great and famed producer/engineer Steve Albini occasionally fumble its collaboration.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

    Those who witnessed 2013's epic Strip performance likely won’t risk missing the follow-up.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

    Five memorable contributions from the Dead's one and only bass player.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017

    "Obviously, it’s quality first. I don’t want to just have filler."

  • Noise

    Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

    The punk-rock icon is set to play his first Vegas set in a decade.

  • Noise

    Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

    The primo seats at the Strip's newest music venue appear to be those in sections 201 through 205.

  • Noise

    Friday, Dec. 16, 2016

    Also playing the festival: Melvins, Carcass, Crystal Fairy and Slo Burn, among others.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

    UNLV looks to get revenge against Duke during Saturday's T-Mobile basketball game.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

    Did Foley fumble the puck?

  • Intersection

    Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

    The Crapshoot Comedy Festival is three nights of stand-up showcases and live podcasts ... and it's coming our way.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

    “Owner of a Lonely Heart” brought the crowd to its feet, but “Hold On” and “Changes” felt like real time-capsule gems.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

    "This is probably the last time this is gonna happen, so we want to make sure it’s a really good show."

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

    Tickets are on sale now for the heavy-rock fest's second Vegas edition, scheduled for August at the Hard Rock Hotel.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

    When you name your band Diarrhea Planet, it defines you, in the crappiest way possible.

  • Noise

    Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016

    The true magic came early in the second set, during the jamming portion of TV on the Radio cover “Golden Age."

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

    Halloween brings out some weird human behavior, so this year we went with it and created a way to determine the holiday’s ultimate stomach stuffer.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

    “Whenever music is performed publicly, there’s an obligation to make sure the songwriter is being compensated properly."

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

    A look at five of Phish’s most famous Vegas gigs.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

    Get a sneak preview this weekend, when T-Mobile Arena hosts two preseason games and a college hockey tilt.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

    Tip No. 1: Don't get caught watching the puck.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

    "My younger self would be a little surprised, but I think I was always heading this way."

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

    Plus, 10 new records you'll want to spin this season.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

    Psycho's founder is already promising a return to the Hard Rock, vowing the 2017 edition will be even “bigger and better.”

  • Noise

    Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

    From Boris to Converge, Mudhoney to Sleep, we'll help you plan your festival weekend.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

    Vile deserved better from Las Vegas, especially given the blazing performance he and his band delivered.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016

    Duran Duran's show felt a bit … predictable.