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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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Mayweather vs. McGregor and other oddball matchups
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Remember when a Kodiak bear out-hot dogged competitive-eating hero Tokeru Kobayashi?
Emerge Music Conference aims to unite bands, fans and key industry players in Las Vegas
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
“These are the 100 emerging artists you should be paying attention to, because they’re going to really matter in the next 18 to 24 months."
Leave your car behind and ride to EDC—for free
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Traffic has been EDC’s one unrelenting headache since the festival moved to Vegas.
Album review: Fleet Foxes' 'Crack-Up' provides respite from the real world
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Like much of folk music, it conjures a less complicated time and place, but more than most, it feels like it was specifically crafted to provide escape from the exasperating world around us.
Modest Mouse’s Brooklyn Bowl return by the numbers
Monday, June 5, 2017
The band did an excellent job rewarding repeat customers, who heard 35 unique tunes between two recent visits to the venue.
Standing close to Television is good for your ears
Monday, May 29, 2017
Far from noodling, leader Tom Verlaine picked each note and made every sound with very specific purpose.
The Weekly interview: Vegas native Mark Slaughter talks new album and Nashville ‘ha-a-air’
Thursday, May 18, 2017
“Someday I’d like to have something living in Vegas. Some sort of residency would be optimal.”
Five high-caliber off-Strip sushi spots
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Kabuto, Soho and, yes, an all-you-can-eat feast.
Album review: Slowdive’s wondrous new LP lives up to the shoegazers’ legacy
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Principal songwriter Neil Halstead’s wondrous palate still tickles the senses the way it did circa Souvlaki.
Coachella Day 1: Radiohead’s sound snafu, The xx and more
Sunday, April 16, 2017
The fest's normally uber-reliable sound system failed three separate times, leaving the band playing without amplification, as fans winced their disappointment.
Album Review: Guided by Voices’ ‘August By Cake’
Thursday, April 13, 2017
After Robert Pollard went it alone on last year’s Please Be Honest, he takes the opposite approach.
Pearl jams: Reflecting on a decade at the Palms’ beloved Las Vegas venue
Thursday, April 6, 2017
The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas has persevered because its creators prioritized the two most important aspects of concertgoing: sight and sound.
What to do if you encounter a coyote near your home
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Like any wild animals, they migrate toward areas with more plentiful food supplies, aka rabbits, squirrels and other small-prey species.
Neon Reverb night 4 recap: LVL UP, Palm and the next wave of locals
Monday, March 13, 2017
Sunday’s de-facto headliner delivered a blissful wall of guitar noise that relented only when the foursome departed for its next gig.
Neon Reverb’s Raw Femme showcase canceled due to permitting issues
Saturday, March 11, 2017
The show was to feature 11 acts—each wholly or partially comprised of female musicians—playing to an all-ages crowd at Arts District warehouse Inside Style.
Five places for a pre-concert drink
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Whether it's Downtown or on the Strip, these watering holes will satisfy to start your night out.
Five thoughts: Deafheaven at the Bunkhouse (February 26)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Smart setlist construction helped build the mood, with songs presented in mini-blocks from the metal band's three albums.
Psycho Las Vegas adds Brian Jonestown Massacre, Gojira, Corrosion of Conformity and more
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
Also new to the bill: Psychic TV, Earthless and ex-Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley.
Five thoughts: Ween at Brooklyn Bowl (February 17)
Monday, Feb. 20, 2017
The three-night total: 77 songs, without a repeat. That’s how you take over a venue.
Festival fade-outs: A few local faves won’t be back in 2017
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
Extreme Thing has gone dark again and ACM’s Party for a Cause has transformed.
Will Lady Gaga’s halftime show rank among these performances?
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
Gaga's got her work cut out if she's gonna catch up with Left Shark.
Concert review: Deerhunter doubles up inside the Bunkhouse
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

The indie band followed its hour-long set with ... an hour-long encore.

The Drums, Le Butcherettes, Temples top Neon Reverb's 2017 festival lineup
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017
Also on the bill: Bash & Pop, fronted by The Replacements' Tommy Stinson; Chicano Batman; and LVL UP.
Ty Segall hits and missed with self-titled album
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
The garage-rock great and famed producer/engineer Steve Albini occasionally fumble its collaboration.
You'll kick yourself if you miss Deerhunter's Vegas return
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
Those who witnessed 2013's epic Strip performance likely won’t risk missing the follow-up.
Looking back at Phil Lesh’s Grateful Dead days, ahead of his latest Vegas run
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
Five memorable contributions from the Dead's one and only bass player.
Veteran Vegas talent buyer Patrick "Pulsar" Trout aims to expand Beauty Bar's sonic palate
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017
"Obviously, it’s quality first. I don’t want to just have filler."
Iggy Pop to headline 2017 Punk Rock Bowling festival
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016
The punk-rock icon is set to play his first Vegas set in a decade.
Five thoughts about Stevie Nicks with the Pretenders at Park Theater (December 17)
Monday, Dec. 19, 2016
The primo seats at the Strip's newest music venue appear to be those in sections 201 through 205.
Murder City Devils, Wolves in the Throne Room, Chelsea Wolfe among latest Psycho fest lineup reveals
Friday, Dec. 16, 2016
Also playing the festival: Melvins, Carcass, Crystal Fairy and Slo Burn, among others.
Scarlet and gray meets blue and white, again
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
UNLV looks to get revenge against Duke during Saturday's T-Mobile basketball game.
Thoughts on how our hockey team’s name got bungled
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
Did Foley fumble the puck?
A new festival hopes to put Downtown on the comedy map
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016
The Crapshoot Comedy Festival is three nights of stand-up showcases and live podcasts ... and it's coming our way.
Five thoughts: Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman at the Pearl (November 19)
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016
“Owner of a Lonely Heart” brought the crowd to its feet, but “Hold On” and “Changes” felt like real time-capsule gems.
An ocean can’t keep Subterfuge from this year’s Vegas Punk Rock Reunion
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016
"This is probably the last time this is gonna happen, so we want to make sure it’s a really good show."
Swans, Neurosis, Magma among first wave of Psycho fest acts
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016
Tickets are on sale now for the heavy-rock fest's second Vegas edition, scheduled for August at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Regarding Diarrhea Planet and other terribly-named bands
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016
When you name your band Diarrhea Planet, it defines you, in the crappiest way possible.
Phish in Vegas 2016: Thoughts on Night 1
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016
The true magic came early in the second set, during the jamming portion of TV on the Radio cover “Golden Age."
The ultimate Halloween candy bracket
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016
Halloween brings out some weird human behavior, so this year we went with it and created a way to determine the holiday’s ultimate stomach stuffer.
ASCAP to Adrenaline Sports Bar and Grill: pay up
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
“Whenever music is performed publicly, there’s an obligation to make sure the songwriter is being compensated properly."
Thinking back on Phish's most memorable Vegas nights
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
A look at five of Phish’s most famous Vegas gigs.
Las Vegas’ first major sports franchise won’t be some other city’s hand-me-down
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
Get a sneak preview this weekend, when T-Mobile Arena hosts two preseason games and a college hockey tilt.
Hockey 101: A primer on the rules of the game
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
Tip No. 1: Don't get caught watching the puck.
Steve Gunn moves from music’s experimental edges to a singer-songwriter space
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
"My younger self would be a little surprised, but I think I was always heading this way."
Your fall concert guide, from blockbusters to throwbacks
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016
Plus, 10 new records you'll want to spin this season.
Psycho's four-day heavy-rock bash proves Vegas festivals can thrive inside casinos, too
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016
Psycho's founder is already promising a return to the Hard Rock, vowing the 2017 edition will be even “bigger and better.”
10 bands to catch at Psycho Las Vegas
Monday, Aug. 22, 2016
From Boris to Converge, Mudhoney to Sleep, we'll help you plan your festival weekend.
Concert review: Kurt Vile dazzles the faithful few at Brooklyn Bowl
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016
Vile deserved better from Las Vegas, especially given the blazing performance he and his band delivered.
Five thoughts: Duran Duran with Chic at Mandalay Bay Events Center (July 29)
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016
Duran Duran's show felt a bit … predictable.
Bong Load Records relocates to Las Vegas, reissues Beck, Elliott Smith and more on vinyl
Friday, July 29, 2016
The label's second phase begins with a rollout of seven titles, most available for order or pre-order right now.

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