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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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Thinking about Neil Patrick Harris, Girl Scout cookies and more
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
Also, Taco Bell's upcoming new line of tacos.
Punk Rock Bowling: 16 bands added to lineup + ticket details
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
Hot Water Music, Sham 69, Holding Onto Sound, more join previously announced Rancid, NOFX and Pennywise.
CD review: The Twilight Sad
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
The Scots' third album is a lot less intense. Whether that's good or bad depends on your need for noise.
Michael Jackson guitarist performs solo show
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
Jennifer Batten spent a decade in Michael Jackson’s touring band before filling a similar role on the road for Jeff Beck.
Madonna has a date with Las Vegas: October 13
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012
World tour announcement comes two days after her Super Bowl halftime performance.
Indie folksters Bon Iver announce a Vegas date
Monday, Feb. 6, 2012
SNL's latest performers set to play the Joint on April 12.
Punk Rock Bowling fest reveals first five bands
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012
Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise to play Downtown Las Vegas Memorial Day weekend.
A few of my favorite things from last night’s Neil Young tribute show
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012
The local scene takes on "Cinnamon Girl," "Heart of Gold" and other songs you know by heart.
Kid Meets Cougar meets the Thompsons for another video delight
Friday, Jan. 27, 2012
"Apollo Repeat" features the Greek sun god, a magic harp and a wild desert party. What else you need?
Las Vegas' Big Friendly Corporation releases its third album
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
'Nocturne' to be unveiled at Saturday-night Artifice release show.
5 possible explanations for Coachella's quick sellout
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012
Spencer Patterson theorizes on the ticket snatch that left so many shut out.
Thoughts on the Huntridge's latest nonhappening
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012
In the absence of something great, wouldn't something so-so still be better?
Coachella: both weekends sold out
Friday, Jan. 13, 2012
Festival doubles its dates for 2012, still sells all its passes in record time
A Coachella (video) playlist to get you ready for Friday's on-sale
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012
Listen to Pulp, At the Drive-In and Dr. Dre as you lock down your tickets.
165 Words about Tool
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012
I was always vaguely aware Tool was out there, but would never have been considered a fan. Until I saw my first Tool set, at Coachella.
Radiohead in Las Vegas? Doesn't look like it
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012
Once again, locals looking at the Brits' tour dates get the bends.
Coachella lineup revealed—and it's a beast
Monday, Jan. 9, 2012
Last Saturday, a magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported in the Coachella Valley. Turns out that was just a tremor before the big one hit today.
CD review: Guided By Voices' 'Let's Go Eat the Factory'
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012
Spencer Patterson says GBV's first album in eight years was worth waiting for
Spencer Patterson's strange brush with Bob Seger
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012
Bob Seger likes to get close to his audience; Spencer Patterson wonders if that's such a great thing
Games that blow UNLV's 124-75 win over Central Arkansas out of the water
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012
222-0? Believe it. No mercy!
Punk Rock Bowling to return Downtown in May
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011
The annual festival is scheduled for May 25-28. Lineup TBD.
Out of the oven: new Vegas scene supergroup The Gingerbread Boys
Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011
Five-piece band previews upcoming holiday shows with two songs at the Royal.
Concert review: Jay-Z and Kanye West at MGM Grand
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
To paraphrase the song’s chorus, that sh*t was indeed cray.
Ten thoughts from last night’s Jay-Z & Kanye West concert
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011
We can guarantee you've never seen a show end quite like this.
The Cosmo's Rehan Choudhry explains how the Strip’s hippest property picks its bands
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Attention local bands: Get to know this guy!
Motley Crue signs on for February residency at the Joint
Friday, Dec. 2, 2011
Veteran rock band to play 12 shows in 17 days at Vegas venue.
The Killers release sixth Christmas single — and an EP rounding ‘em all up
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
The Killers haven’t been heard from much the past couple of years, but that hasn’t stopped Las Vegas’ best-known band from carrying on its annual holiday tradition.
The Killers release sixth Christmas single—and an EP rounding 'em all up
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
"The Cowboys' Christmas Ball" carries on a charitable tradition the band began in 2006.
A (gasp) cheerier Morrissey proves his show is still worthwhile
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011
He took the Cosmo's Chelsea Ballroom stage rolling his Rs and growling playfully, a far cry from the last time Steven Patrick Morrissey played Las Vegas.
Five thoughts from last night’s Melt-Banana show
Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011
A top 5 experience for a busy Vegas promoter.
Five notes and a setlist from last night’s Morrissey show
Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011
One guess which songs drew the biggest reactions ...
CD review: Kate Bush's '50 Words for Snow'
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011
Kate Bush's latest is a bit hit and miss, but still worthwhile
Melt-Banana makes your brain hurt in the best possible way
The Japanese noise-rock outfit is our kind of weird
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011
The Japanese noise-rock outfit is our kind of weird.
Las Vegas New Year's Eve concerts guide
Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
Guns N' Roses, Stevie Wonder, NOFX and more
Imagine Dragons sign major-label record deal with Interscope
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011
Band joins Interscope roster with plans to release debut album in 2012.
Rock photographer Robert Knight was there for the moments that mattered
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011
He shot Jimi Hendrix in '68 and Stevie Ray Vaughan's final performance
Guns N’ Roses to play New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011
Las Vegas' upcoming New Year's Eve celebration just got a lot louder. Veteran hard rock band Guns N' Roses has announced it will close out its 2011 U.S. tour with a Dec. 31 show at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Guns N' Roses to play New Year's Eve in Vegas
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011
Axl & Co. close out 2011 at the Joint
Mates of State at Book & Stage: 5 thoughts
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
Bouncy pop, Tom Waits and ... Micky Dolenz?
CD review: The Beach Boys' 'The Smile Sessions'
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011
The extended version of The Beach Boys' classic 'Smile' is a bit much, but contains much to enjoy
Two opinions on the new Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration 'Lulu'
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011
A Lou Reed fan and a Metallica fan review 'Lulu'
Don't call it a side-project: Dusty Sunshine releases its debut CD
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011
The six-piece Vegas group plays Beauty Bar (with Deer Tick) on Saturday.
CD review: Tom Waits' 'Bad as Me'
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011
There isn’t a skippable moment throughout the 13-song experience.
Paul Simon: still surprising after all these years
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011
The folk icon's Vegas return serves up some unexpected treats.
Shellac live: Some thoughts and a setlist
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
Downtown Las Vegas, meet Steve Albini.
Remembering 1991, when 'Nevermind' and I arrived on campus
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011
Hey, "Uptown Girl," make room for "Lithium."
Slidin’ Thru honors Steve Jobs with new sandwich
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011
Slidin' Thru has created a new sandwich in Steve Jobs' honor
5 wine-buying tips from Valley Cheese & Wine’s Bob Howald
Don't be intimidated by the grape juice
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011
Don't be intimidated by the grape juice.
Cosmo's big indie weekend collects a six-pack of quality performances
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011
TV on the Radio, Kurt Vile, Arctic Monkeys and Bright Eyes highlight Las Vegas' 'mini-Coachella' weekend.
Heads-up: Don't try swimming at Cosmo pool concerts!
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011
A quick dip leads to a quick exit for Bright Eyes show-goers.

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