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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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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 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 ...
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 ...
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.
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."
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."
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Coachella 2012: Day 1, Chillychella
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Cool weather couldn't damper powerful sets on Day 1.
Burning questions about a potentially chilly Coachella
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
A new format, old-school faves and potential breakouts.
Do Coachella (light) right here in Las Vegas
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The festival's Valley spillover is in full effect again this month.
For the Pastel Project to prosper, a few things need to change
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Four ways the new fest's founders can make it better.
Why the scene loves Neon Reverb, warts and all
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
As usual, the gritty Downtown fest overcame challenges to produce musical and visual highlights.
Thinking about Cee Lo's cat, 'RuPaul's Drag Race' and more
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Also, Cosmo's "Bohemian Rhapsody" commercial.
Extreme Thing 2012 adds a little MMA to this year's festival
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Heavy music. Skateboards. Dirt bikes. Wrestling. MMA. dubstep.
Pastel Project Saturday: the start of something?
Sunday, March 25, 2012
The main stage finally feels like a party.
Neon Reverb Friday recap: The Knew, Dude City, Crystal Antlers and more
Saturday, March 24, 2012
5 thoughts from the Weekly's Bunkhouse showcase
Breaking down the Neon Reverb schedule
Thursday, March 22, 2012
A guide through the maze of showcases.
Neon Reverb and the Pastel Project battle for indie music fans' hearts and minds
Thursday, March 22, 2012
“When the goal is to help the scene, you do things to help the scene. Now, instead, we’ve got a splintering of the scene,” says Neon Reverb co-founder James Woodbridge.
Pastel Project Q&A: HEALTH
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Bassist John Famiglietti talks noise, new album and gunfire to the face
Video playlist: Pastel Project edition
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Hear the festival's bands before you hear the festival's bands. to reissue iconic local hardcore music
Monday, March 12, 2012
Out-of-print output from Tomorrows Gone, Faded Grey will be available for free stream or download.
Three bracket-free ways to play the NCAA Tournament
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Disclaimer: These suggestions are for entertainment purposes only!
CD review: Dirty Three's 'Toward the Low Sun'
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Dirty Three finally release another album—and it's worth the wait.
That Kid Meets Cougar show was something to see
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012
The local duo unveils its new stage setup—with dizzying results.

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