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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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Story Archive

10 things we learned about the new Bunkhouse last night
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
The new shows end before some of the old ones started. Really.
SLS' Sayers Club promises a unique live-music experience
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
"I approach live music as a party, not a concert," says Jason Scoppa, the man behind the venue's design and concept.
The Weekly interview: Built to Spill leader Doug Martsch
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
Boise's indie veterans headline the Bunkhouse's reopening bash on August 25.
Blonde Redhead, Washed Out, Mike Doughty among latest Bunkhouse bookings
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Also on the schedule: a throng of local acts, including Most Thieves, Ekoh and The Big Friendly Corporation.
When sequels attack! Sharknado vs. Sharktopus
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The two franchises are set to premiere their second installments on Syfy.
Phish (finally) announces Vegas return: Halloween weekend
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The last time the Vermonters played Halloween here, they covered The Velvet Underground's 'Loaded.'
Chatting with Life Is Beautiful’s bookers as the fest adds six new acts
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Little Dragon, Baauer, Kimbra among latest batch of LIB names.
The inaugural Valley Theatre Awards reflect back while pushing forward
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
'Anton Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard of the Living Dead' leads with six wins, 'Red' named Best Production.
Bunkhouse's first shows to feature Bob Mould, The Breeders, RJD2
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The Downtown venue relaunches August 25, with Built to Spill headlining.
Five thoughts: Widespread Panic at the Joint (July 3)
Monday, July 7, 2014
My favorite Panic moments come when the sextet moves as a unit, with Dave Schools’ nimble bass at its center.
Concert review: Kraftwerk takes its Chelsea crowd to the next dimension
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Ultimately, I could have closed my eyes and still been transfixed.
Foo Fighters, OutKast, Kanye West to headline 2014 Life Is Beautiful Festival
Monday, June 23, 2014
Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, The Roots, Lionel Richie among others on the lineup.
As the Bunkhouse readies to reopen, the Weekly gets inside for an exclusive first look
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Music Issue 2014: Inside the Bunkhouse before its kickoff with Built to Spill and so much more.
Coachella 2015 festival passes to go on sale Friday
Monday, May 12, 2014
General admission passes will sell for $375, fees included.
Dear Las Vegas: Why haven’t you been to Brooklyn Bowl?
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
We've seen enough empty floor space to make us uncomfortable.
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.

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