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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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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.
Thinking about Meryl Streep, Whole Foods and more
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012
Also, Penn Jilette's recent Celebrity Apprentice win.
Stephen Malkmus: concert review + setlist
Monday, Feb. 27, 2012
Yep, he wore a shirt with his own name on it.
Video playlist: a Stephen Malkmus six pack to get you psyched for Saturday's Beauty Bar show
Friday, Feb. 24, 2012
Starring Jack Black, Girl Talk and a vanishing banana.
Local music scene: Why the sudden covers craze?
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
How long until Supertramp gets a tribute night?
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

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