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Spencer Patterson

Spencer Patterson is Las Vegas Weekly's Managing Editor, having previously served as Arts & Entertainment Editor, Music 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.

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Coachella: Five thoughts from Day 3
Monday, April 14, 2014
Arcade Fire might still be playing somewhere.
Coachella: Five thoughts from Day 1
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Things "got weird" with OutKast, Swedish experimentalists The Knife confuse the crowd, and other musings from the Southern California music fest.
Concert review: Metallic heavyweights Deafheaven bring a joyful noise to LVCS
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Live, it doesn’t just wash over you; it fills you with sound—at once heavy and peaceful and intense and triumphant.
Five thoughts: Gary Numan (March 7, Hard Rock Live)
Sunday, March 9, 2014
It’s interesting to hear the way he has, seemingly, become influenced by one of the many acts he influenced originally.
Should you eat this? Del Taco’s new Surf & Turf Burrito
Friday, March 7, 2014
Two hours after I ate it, my mouth is still confused.
Guns N' Roses announces second Joint residency
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
'No Trickery!' to land in Vegas for nine dates in May and June.
'Breakfast With The Beatles' is back on Las Vegas airwaves
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Dennis Mitchell's local show launches this weekend.
Downtown Vegas music fest Neon Reverb shuts off the lights
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
Co-organizer Jason Aragon left open the chance of a relaunch, without expressing confidence it would happen.
Keeping tabs on Coachella acts playing Las Vegas
Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
With today's announcement that former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry will play the Pearl, the crossover pack is officially 20 strong.
Weekly Q&A: Brooklyn Bowl owner Peter Shapiro talks late-night music and strikes
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
"Tori Amos alone on the piano, I don’t think you’re gonna see that at the Brooklyn Bowl."
Valley barbecue best Top Notch shuts its doors
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
Losing a favorite restaurant can feel like losing a friend.
Imagine Dragons pick up a pair of Grammy nominations
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
Las Vegas band to battle Daft Punk, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin(?) for music awards.
Five thoughts on Built to Spill’s November 26 show at Vinyl
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013
Doug Martsch's melodic guitar work still fills a room, and his voice, even in its roughest road condition, still aches with a winsome vulnerability.
Wheels down, revenue up? The District goes with the flow (of traffic) with new road
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013
The Green Valley shopping complex recently paved a road over its pedestrian walkway.
Our post-LIB interview with fest founder Rehan Choudhry
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
We will be back next year. ... And I can tell you, the growth potential for this thing is tremendous.
LIB recap: Beck, back at the scene of the crime (plus setlist)
Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
The last time Beck played a Las Vegas music festival, I walked out.
Weeding through the Life Is Beautiful lineup: Who should you see if...
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
You can't see every act, so we took the liberty to pare it down for you...
Life Is Beautiful Festival unveils schedule of acts, Downtown map
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
The Killers to close out two-day fest October 27 on Downtown Stage.
Pixies announce 2014 Las Vegas live date
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
The seminal alt-rock band, which last played the Joint in 2010, returns minus a member.
This place is hoppin’: Velveteen Rabbit builds a rep for live music
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
“We’re about as D.I.Y. as you can get, but I think it sounds about as good as it can."
Who were the first performers to play Las Vegas’ best-known stages?
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
You might know Bob Dylan opened the House of Blues, but do you remember who opened the Joint?
Life Is Beautiful reveals Saturday/Sunday lineup splits
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013
Single-day tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
The Weekly guides you through a local album landslide
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
There's a barrage of new local music out there. We're here to help.
Concert review: A Prince doubleheader at the Joint
Sunday, April 28, 2013
It’s the rarest of performers who gets a reviewer to come back for more.
Coachella Week: The Postal Service puts its stamp on the Cosmo
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Leader Ben Gibbard says, "We should do a residency here."
Coachella Week: 5 thoughts from Thursday’s Hot Chip show
Friday, April 19, 2013
U.K. band's first-ever Las Vegas concert gets a smallish crowd moving at Boulevard Pool.
Coachella Week: Spencer's Sunday festival notes
Windstorms attack but Nick Cave maintains his intensity
Monday, April 15, 2013
Windstorms sent some fans running, but others stayed for Dinosaur Jr. and the Wu-Tang Clan.
Coachella Week: Spencer's Saturday festival notes
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Grizzly Bear's awesome evening set, Janelle Monáe and Moby.
Coachella Week: Spencer's Friday festival notes
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Packed tents, Nick Cave and which band's sound was cut in the middle of its big finish.
Coachella 2013: 10 must-see bands
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Recommendations from two music writers headed to the SoCal desert fest
Coachella week in Las Vegas: A handy guide
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
From New Order at the Cosmo to Beach House at the House of Blues.
Coachella acts surge to Las Vegas venues
Monday, Feb. 4, 2013
New Order, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and more book April shows at the Cosmopolitan.
Blur, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix to headline Coachella festival
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013
Modest Mouse, The Postal Service, Nick Cave among dozens of other acts on the bill.
No wait necessary: Life is Beautiful fest plans monthly local music showcase
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013
First free show to feature Rusty Maples and five others at Artifice on February 6.
The Who adds second Vegas date: February 10
Monday, Dec. 17, 2012
Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Chatting with the man behind planned Downtown festival Life Is Beautiful
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012
The new event, set to launch next fall, will be a “community-based lifestyle event, with equal parts music, food and art."
The Killers book two year-end shows at the Cosmopolitan
Monday, Sept. 17, 2012
The Killers are coming to town! Or, more accurately, they're driving over to the Strip! Las Vegas' most famous musical foursome ...
No joke: Witnessing a bloody fight at a Tenacious D show
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Incident leaves one man injured, another in custody after apparent stabbing.
Photographer Erik Kabik turns the lens back on his years shooting concerts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
From the Grateful Dead to Shakira. And why he hasn't snapped the perfect Bob Dylan photo—yet.
Vinyl, Hard Rock Hotel's new music venue, starts filling its calendar
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Bookings so far include synth-pop outfit Julien-K (August 24, opening night), metal band Static-X (August 29), punk rock veteran Mike Watt + the Missingmen (November 3) and psychobilly favorite Reverend Horton Heat (December 28).
CD review: Mission of Burma's 'Unsound'
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Mission of Burma's latest ranks with its best
Aerosmith, Green Day, No Doubt to play 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival
Monday, July 9, 2012
The two-day concert returns to MGM Grand on Sept. 21 and 22. The iHeartRadio fest, billed as the "biggest live concert festival in radio history," was launched ...
Aerosmith, Green Day, No Doubt to play iHeartRadio Music Festival
Monday, July 9, 2012
The two-day concert returns to MGM Grand on Sept. 21 and 22. The iHeartRadio fest, billed as the "biggest live concert festival in radio history," launched ...
Concerts on sale this weekend: Fiona Apple, Morrissey and more
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Tony Bennett at the Colosseum. How cool is that?
Five things I wrote in my notebook during The Jesus and Mary Chain
At House of Blues, June 16
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
How douchey do you have to be to order bottle service at a Jesus and Mary Chain show?
Thinking about Kabuto, a 3D printer that makes burritos and more
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Also, a recently-released Aretha Franklin recording.
LA's FYF Fest announces its Labor Day lineup
Monday, June 18, 2012
Priced at $77, the two-day music event looks like a steal.
CD review: Liars' 'WIXIW'
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
This time they go electronic, but don't look for them at EDC.
Thinking about Taco Bell's new Cantina Bell menu, an upcoming Moonface show and more
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Also, the Las Vegas 48 Hour Film Project's winning entry.
CD Review: The Walkmen
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Vintage instruments notwithstanding, Hamilton Leithauser’s voice has always been the coolest aspect of The Walkmen’s sound.

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