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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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    Psycho Las Vegas has unveiled a slew of new acts for its 2017 festival lineup.

  • Noise

    Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

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