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April 30, 2016

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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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In memoriam: Farewell Prince, one of Vegas' greatest resident performers
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
"For me, it’s another reminder to see musical heroes while I can. No matter how long it lasts, life’s too short—mine and theirs—for regrets over missed opportunities."
10 musical reasons to Coachella this weekend (or next)
Thursday, April 14, 2016
And yes, weekend passes can be had at relatively reasonable prices if you look around (though beware of counterfeits).
Impressions from T-Mobile Arena's opening night with The Killers
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Was this the greatest night in Las Vegas rock history? Sounds about right.
Dreaming big: Some splashy gets for the new arena would be ...
Thursday, March 31, 2016
The Boss, T-Swift and many more.
Neon Reverb recap: La Sera, Babes, Rusty Maples and more
Friday, March 11, 2016
For the record, Neon Reverb’s opening night wrapped up at 12:59 a.m. at the Bunkhouse on Friday.
Ty Segall, Neon Indian, Melvins, Beach Slang to play Neon Reverb 2016
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016
Festival passes to the 75-plus-act Downtown Vegas festival go on sale today at 10 a.m.
Did you know Henderson’s Whole Foods has its own restaurant?
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
The new eatery is serving burgers, flatbreads and sushi rolls, and has an impressive lineup of 24 draft beers.
Can’t stop won’t stop: Five of our favorite Vegas all-you-can-eat experiences
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
Wings, tacos, brisket … it’s all out there waiting for your face.
Neon Reverb is back! The Downtown music fest sets dates for 2016
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
“Neon Reverb has always been about our bands and our venues, and there’s something special about a truly Vegas festival.”
Tips to help you Fogo de Chão in style
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Fogo de Chão grand-opened a Downtown Summerlin location, and the Weekly was there to fill up on meat.
The Weekly interview: Yo La Tengo singer/guitarist Ira Kaplan
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
Talking the Mets, the band's current tour and playing Vegas for Matador at 21.
Ja Rules: Jaburritos brings addictive sushi burritos to Las Vegas
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Sushi or burritos? That what’s-for-dinner argument has raged for centuries, and now there’s an easy answer.
Gelatology brings dessert art to the southwest Valley
Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015
In her usual tradition, Alberganti began handing out samples the moment we walked through the door.
Concert review: A focused Isaac Brock elevates Modest Mouse’s Vegas return
Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015
When he’s locked in like that, few bands can come close.
Q+A: Promoter Rehan Choudhry discusses state of live music in Vegas
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015
What makes a music venue great? Rehan Choudhry knows. The entertainment promoter recently offered his thoughts on that question and others related to the live music scene in Las Vegas, including ...
The Bunkhouse Series revives that venue’s concert calendar at the Sayers Club on Strip
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
When Downtown’s Bunkhouse Saloon closed without warning on July 20, the loss of a key off-Strip music space brought with it a more immediate concern: What would become of the venue’s slate of upcoming shows? Vegas music fans now have their ...
Checking in with the Mikes who ran the Bunkhouse, following the venue’s sudden end
Thursday, July 30, 2015
"I don't think we got the chance to fully spread our wings."
A tourist's smartphone snapshot of Cosmo's pool fire goes viral—and informs the masses
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
“I realized people in Las Vegas would be wondering where those dark smoke clouds were coming from.”
Hey, local promoters! Save these displaced Bunkhouse shows
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The Downtown venue's closure left more than 25 scheduled concerts without homes.
Vegas music shocker: The Bunkhouse has closed
Monday, July 20, 2015
Less than a year into its second life, the Bunkhouse Saloon is dead again.
Preparing for Sushi Day with a trip to Sushi Roku
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Blue crab tartare, a six-fish sashimi tasting, uni pasta and more. Yes, more.
Beauty Bar turns 10: memories of Downtown's scrappy, late-night music hub
Thursday, June 4, 2015
The first domino in the Fremont East Entertainment District has held the line, and pushed it.
Concert review: Robert Plant’s first Vegas show in a decade shines inside Brooklyn Bowl
Sunday, May 31, 2015
The 66-year-old singer sounded better than he did at House of Blues in 2002 or the Hilton in '05.
No sleep till Further Future: My night at the electronic music festival
Monday, May 4, 2015
The acts I wanted to see stretched from 8:30 p.m. through 9:45 a.m., and I also hoped to survive the drive home.
A guide to finding vinyl in Vegas
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Where to score wax in the Valley.
Comfychella: Were Coachella’s 2015 crowds too busy drinking craft beer to queue up for the music?
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
I caught some Grade A sets, but the festival lacked its former spark, that intangible feeling of yes.
Vino al fresco at Boulder City’s Milo’s
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Find a great escape in Boulder City's inviting historic district.
Six shining moments: The Rebels’ path to immortality, game by glorious game
Thursday, March 12, 2015
From a squeaker versus Ball State to a blowout of Loyola Marymount, with an epic ending against Duke.
Is Vegas really the worst city for football fans?
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
According to one list, Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Las Cruces, New Mexico are better locations for football enthusiasts.
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.

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