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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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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 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 ...
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 ...
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.
Buying talent: Paul McGuigan, House of Blues
Thursday, May 31, 2012
"I’ve lost a few shows already that I couldn’t do because we had Santana dates, but that was a calculated risk."
Why they play: 5 local bands on what keeps them going
Thursday, May 31, 2012
"“I’m a player and music is my sport, so I play hard."
Cool summer concerts heading to Las Vegas
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
EDC, Tenacious D, Cee Lo ... getting excited yet?
Albums to help heat up your summer
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Neil Young. Crazy Horse. Need we say more?
Buying talent: Lisa Marchese, the Cosmopolitan
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
"There are some acts that just don’t pencil, and we still invest in them, because it’s the right thing for the brand and for the customer."
Buying talent: Bobby Reynolds, the Joint
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
"I’ll tell you right now, we’re negotiating with a couple of different bands looking to emulate what we did with Mötley Crüe."
Buying talent: Danny Zelisko, the Pearl
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
"There’s a certain point where we won’t chase, we won’t play that game of overspending just to get the act on the property."
Coachella 2013 advanced ticket sale already over
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Turns out, last year's quick sellout was nothing.
Moby drops off Electric Daisy Carnival's Las Vegas bill
Monday, May 14, 2012
Festival rep confirms American musician/DJ will not play next month's fest.
Early decision: Coachella ’13 passes on sale this Thursday
Monday, May 14, 2012
SoCal fest retains two-weekend format, ups price to $349
CD review: Silversun Pickups' 'Neck of the Woods'
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The quartet explores on its third album, and doesn't necessarily succeed.
Concert news: Beck plots Vegas return, Cosmopolitan intros new pool series
Monday, May 7, 2012
Dr. Dog, Fun., Mad Caps among the acts slated to play Thursday night Cosmo shows.
Death of saxophonist who played with The Killers ruled suicide
Thursday, April 26, 2012
In the summer of 2009, The Killers played legendary London venue Royal Albert Hall. Midway through the show, saxophonist Tommy Marth wandered over to percussionist Rob Whited.
Remembering Tommy Marth
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Las Vegas music scene left reeling by one of its best-known figures' death.
CD review: Jack White's 'Blunderbuss'
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
It's his best album in nearly a decade, and it's packed with lyrics you need to hear.
R.I.P. local musician and scene mainstay Tommy Marth
He recorded and toured with The Killers — and was a friend to many around town
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Las Vegas' musical community reacted with shock and sadness Monday, as news that scene mainstay Tommy Marth had died early that morning spread across social media.
Coachella: Weekend 2 tips, drawn from Weekend 1 experience
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Don't miss Radiohead, At the Drive-In and Jeff Mangum. If you're bothered by hologram resurrections, leave early on Sunday.
50 must-eat Las Vegas meals
A dining to-do list for the best of the Valley
Monday, April 16, 2012
From vegan donuts to chicken fried lobster and dinner at 845 feet—your dining to-do list.
Coachella 2012: Day 3, No hologram needed
Monday, April 16, 2012
The coolest stunt of Sunday had nothing to do with undead rappers.
Coachella 2012: Day 2, Vegas sky high
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Local clubs take to the sky and Radiohead confirms its status as the best big-stage rock band.
Day 1 at Coachella 2012: Rain, people falling, other surprises
Saturday, April 14, 2012
After 12 years of sweltering heat and scantily clad attendees, it finally rained at Coachella in Indio, Calif. Kind of. Sporadic late-afternoon showers ...
Photos: Day 1 at Coachella 2012: Rain, people falling off structures and other surprises
Saturday, April 14, 2012
After 12 years of sweltering heat and scantily clad attendees, it finally rained at Coachella. Kind of. Sporadic late-afternoon showers barely ...
Coachella 2012: Day 1, Chillychella
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Cool weather couldn't damper powerful sets on Day 1.

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