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November 18, 2017

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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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Three reasons to catch Boris at the Bunkhouse
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
If recent setlists hold up, the Japanese trio will play droney new album Dear straight-through.
Fever Ray’s ‘Plunge’ condemns sexual politics—and affirms personal power
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Of course, such sentiments hit hardest when accompanied by magical melodies, and the LP largely succeeds.
Heads up: Clark County’s ‘Centered’ public-art program is complete
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
If you’ve exited the eastbound 215 at Eastern Avenue recently, you’ve surely noticed two massive, black-metallic heads rising from the median.
At last, Guided By Voices headlines a show of its own in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
“I think live, Bob is singing better than ever,” guitarist Doug Gillard says. “He wants the emphasis to be on the music, instead of the spectacle.”
Arcade Fire was the right band at the right time in the right room in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
By the end of the night, the crowd had danced, cheered and, in some cases, cried itself to the point of exhaustion.
Five thoughts: Tegan and Sara at the Pearl (October 21)
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
Tegan and Sara treated Saturday’s show as a sort of storytelling session, addressing 2007 album "The Con"—and anything tangential to it.
Emerge pushes back its conference launch to spring 2018
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
During its original November weekend, Emerge will host a concert at Brooklyn Bowl benefitting victims.
Five annual Las Vegas sporting classics
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
NASCAR, NFR, rugby and more
Unbeatable: The Vegas Golden Knights instantly connect with their new hometown
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
Our team. That sounds good. Especially right now.
Wolf Parade’s soars back into space on ‘Cry Cry Cry’
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
Meet the new Wolf Parade … even better than the old Wolf Parade?
‘Luciferian Towers’ falls short of a Godspeed You! Black Emperor classic
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
There’s a running Morricone Western thread that culminates in closer “Anthem for No State,” but overall the record sounds relatively unsurprising.
Get to know the psych warriors of Wand before they invade the Bunkhouse
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
Frontman Cory Hanson and drummer Evan Burrows served in Ty Segall’s backing band for last year’s Neon Reverb-capping performance.
Prized Thai restaurant Lotus of Siam vows to reopen in its longtime location
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
“It’s sad to see everyone leaving because this plaza is getting old. You don’t leave your grandparents because they’re getting old.”
Henry Rollins, Spoon’s Britt Daniel bolster Emerge’s inaugural lineup
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
Also announced: a huge wave of new bands, including Lower Dens, White Reaper and The Regrettes.
Looking back on the seventh season of ‘Game of Thrones’—and ahead to the eighth
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017
A lot has been made of the show’s tempo shift, from meandering crawl to sudden charge.
Angus Andrew keeps Liars weird on ‘TFCF’
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017
He brewed up this music in a remote part of Australia, while living in a house approachable only by rowboat.
Path to totality: The heavy Psycho Las Vegas festival makes year two just as memorable
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017
The moon blacked out the sun on Monday, but a deeper form of darkness descended upon Las Vegas some 48 hours earlier.
Yes vs. Yes: Which version of the prog-rock band should you choose?
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017
The two groups hits the Hard Rock Hotel and the Smith Center within a six-day span.
10 acts to catch at Psycho Las Vegas fest
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
Psycho Las Vegas | August 18-20, $99/day, $249/fest. | Hard Rock Hotel |
A chat with MTV legend—and Emerge curator—Matt Pinfield
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
“At a lot of other festivals put so much focus on headliners that people don’t find new talent. A lot of these artists have a chance to blow up.”
Fleet Foxes bring the thunder to their Las Vegas debut
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017
The sextet established its muscle immediately, opening with roaring versions of the three leadoff tracks from June’s Crack-Up, the group’s first LP in six years.
Five menus to conquer completely
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017
Chada Street, Cleo, Mint and more
Albums we’ve liked in 2017: Richard Dawson’s ‘Peasant’
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017
The Englishman paints vivid pictures—of Medieval commoners scared to die in battle, struggling to stay fed, warding off dark characters—with a compositional style reminiscent of Roy Harper and Joanna Newsom.
The week in weed: the country’s largest dispensary and more
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017
Henderson will have to wait at least another month before its five dispensaries can sell recreational marijuana.
Wait, school starts again on Monday?!
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017
Remember when summer break meant summer break?
Five thoughts: The Who at the Colosseum (August 4)
Monday, Aug. 7, 2017
The duo and its six-piece backing group sprinkled in a cluster of relative rarities, while rearranging other parts of the two-hour, 23-song concert.
Indie rockers Guided By Voices to play the Bunkhouse October 27
Monday, Aug. 7, 2017
During its 24-year touring history, GBV has played Las Vegas just once, at a one-off festival seven years ago.
Squaring off over UNLV’s controversial new logo
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Is the new version really all that terrible? It depends who you ask.
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
Psycho Las Vegas has unveiled a slew of new acts for its 2017 festival lineup.
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.

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