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

  • Reviews

    Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019

    Most dishes on the belt cost $2.50, which means you can share a sizable 10-plate meal with a companion for $12 each (beer, tax and tip aside).

  • Noise

    Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019

    The NYC band performs here for the first time since 2015, October 4 at the Chelsea.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

    The majority of the bill will spotlight some of the local scene’s most interesting acts—from longtime Vegas band Black Camaro to next-gen names like Laabradoor, World Tension, Spring Breeding and Peachole.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019

    Joining CUAD for the August 30 Bunkhouse show will be Caravels, playing for the first time since 2015.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

    Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Electric Wizard, Beach House, Opeth and more.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

    As much as any ear-pummeling number or head-spinning light show, the friendly, accommodating atmosphere created by resort staffers helped Psycho extend its streak of success in Vegas.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019

    After three years at the Hard Rock Hotel, the event—built loosely around heavy, psychedelic and metallic music—makes the move to Las Vegas Boulevard, becoming the first major music festival to inhabit a single Strip resort.

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 18, 2019

    Curl Up and Die—featuring Mike Minnick on vocals, guitarist Matt Fuchs, bassist Ryan Hartery and drummer Keil Corcoran—played its first show since 2005 on June 22 at Anaheim's Chain Reaction.

  • Noise

    Saturday, June 29, 2019

    The reunited horror-punk godfathers replace Megadeth, which canceled most of its 2019 dates when Dave Mustaine announced he'd been diagnosed with throat cancer.

  • Taste

    Thursday, June 27, 2019

    The MonteLago Village spot sits alongside a man-made lake, so you might as well linger at one of the outdoor tables, order more and enjoy the surroundings.

  • Noise

    Friday, June 7, 2019

    “When I first came in, I thought, ‘This place is huge,’ but actually, the whole festival is right here,” founder Evan Hagen says, gesturing to the swath of casino from House of Blues to the Events Center. “Overall, it’s the same size as it was, in terms of the footprint—a six-to-seven-minute walk from one end to the other.”

  • Noise

    Monday, June 3, 2019

    Emerge got a whole lot right during its second go-round. What’s left for a potential year three? Drawing bigger crowds, across the board.

  • Features

    Thursday, May 30, 2019

    Tank and the Bangas, Laura Jane Grace, Culture Abuse and more

  • Noise

    Thursday, May 23, 2019

    The stoner-rock deity is known for its slow, heavy and extended music, its weed-steeped lyrics and its blissfully altered audiences.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 23, 2019

    Refused, The Murder City Devils, The Hives and more …

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    Featuring Red Fang, John Garcia, Sasquatch and many more.

  • Noise

    Thursday, May 2, 2019

    It’s been nearly seven years since he played Las Vegas, and much has changed for the Canadian indie rocker and songwriting marvel in that time.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019

    R&B singer Janelle Monáe, indie band Vampire Weekend and electronic producer Zedd performed at the inaugural Life Is Beautiful in 2013, but they might not recognize the Downtown festival when they return for its seventh edition in September 2019.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    The band recently announced its first return gig—June 22 in Anaheim, California—and will bring three-fourths of the lineup that made its final album to the stage, along with a familiar name on drums.

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    The fest's fourth Vegas edition will also feature Electric Wizard, Beach House, Bad Religion, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Faint and many more.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    Catch Iceage, Weezer, Chvrches and others onstage here in April.

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 21, 2019

    If you like weird, psychedelic music, you should be at this show. The openers are promising, too.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

    The Hard Rock Hotel will host the two-day gathering May 31 and June 1. Passes go on sale Friday, March 1.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

    “Unless I fall off my game, I’m gonna say that every new, full-length record I put out will be my best. But then I go back to the [older] records, and I enjoy them all a different way. They kind of all live in different dimensions, really.”

  • Taste

    Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

    The collaborators will officially launch KnockDown Punk Hoppy Lager at a collaborative dinner before the March 7 Band of Horses show, featuring four courses and six beers.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

    From Underworld to OutKast, and Erykah Badu to Jason Isbell

  • Noise

    Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

    The Sebadoh leader (and Dinosaur Jr. bassist) plays a “small space” show February 23 at a “secret” Vegas location. Prepare by playing these five songs.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

    The band’s undisputed masterpiece, 1992’s Kiko, turns 27 this year.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

    “It seems like a lot of people didn’t know me. So maybe it’s a good thing to shed a little light on my life.”

  • Noise

    Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

    The Roots, Kurt Vile, Travis Scott, Duran Duran and more.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018

    Janelle Monáe, David Byrne, St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, Robyn and more.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

    Also on the bill for the fourth-year heavy rock fest at Mandalay Bay: High on Fire, YOB, Kadavar, Perturbator.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

    Where most Mexican joints seem to offer a handful of midday deals, Juan’s dedicates two pages of its menu to them. And they’re all priced between $9 and $13.

  • 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.”