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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.

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Surprise! AC/DC, Jack White, Drake to headline Coachella 2015
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
Passes to the SoCal music fest go on sale Wednesday.
Eating right during a Vegas staycation
Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
Weekly editor Spencer Patterson dined out 14 times in 11 days. Here are his favorite five dishes ...
Sources: Downtown Project to hand over Bunkhouse control to owners of Commonwealth and Park
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
It would mark a significant course reversal for Downtown Project, which purchased the Bunkhouse for $1.4 million last year, then spent months razing most of the old building and constructing it anew.
Phishing again: How did the band’s Vegas return stack up?
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
No sooner did I exit the venue after Saturday’s show than I began searching for tickets to Sunday’s finale.
Life Is Beautiful: Which OutKast showed up Saturday night?
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
This OutKast played like an improved version of April’s Coachella OutKast.
LIB pro tip: Find cheap beers and ‘secret’ shows at the Bunkhouse
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
The Downtown venue is outside the fence line but will have its own access point.
Life Is Beautiful: Five burning questions
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Life Is Beautiful 2014 Preview: How will this year compare to last year? Plus so much more!
Surprising snackage at the new Bunkhouse Saloon
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Bunkhouse grubbin'! Grits n' gravy and BBQ broccoli? These appetizers sound insane but taste delicious.
Five thoughts: DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist at Brooklyn Bowl (September 29)
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
A memorable and unique night—filled with "equilibrius flourishes."
Concert review: Bob Mould plays like he was made for the Bunkhouse—and vice versa
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Even more than his return itself, it was the way Mould returned that made the night extra special
Five thoughts: Ian Anderson at the Pearl (September 19)
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
Once again, the longtime Jethro Tull leader proved that he has a lot left to offer besides nostalgia for his old band.
Five thoughts: Charles Bradley at Boulevard Pool (September 18)
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
Despite the small throng at his feet, the showman gives us far more than most performers ever do, singing from a place deep within his being.
Vegas-based GC Records remains committed to putting the music first
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
The label latest release: 15th-anniversary compilation 'A Snapshot of the 2014 Las Vegas Music Scene'
Album review: Death From Above 1979's 'The Physical World'
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
Whatever the financial benefits of being back out there, it puts their mythology at risk, and the results are somewhat mixed.
Life Is Beautiful announces lineup day splits, single-day ticket sales
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
Foo Fighters, Skrillex and Arctic Monkeys close out fest on Sunday. Kanye plays Friday, OutKast Saturday.
2014 Fall A&E Guide: Game Theory finally gets reissued
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
A retro treat from the 1980s power-pop greats.
2014 Fall A&E Guide: Concerts
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
From Katy Perry to Kiss, Ty Segall to Phish, fall's concert calendar is packed with notable names.
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.

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