Author Archives: Matthew Donnelly

Donnelly: Sporting KC Entertains Home Crowd, Scores 4 Against Toronto

How impressive is Sporting Kansas City‘s current perch atop the MLS standings? Consider this: in 24 league matches, KC has used the same starting lineup exactly zero times.  Zero. Not to mention that after losing one of the best keepers in … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Your Friend @ Granada, GaDuGi Benefit @ Lawrence Riverfront

New music pick: Bahamas is Afie by Bahamas. When it drops: August 19, 2014. Look, it’s not what you think.  It’s not Caribbean music, or reggae or anything.  It’s a dude from Toronto, who has been a touring pro guitar … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Turnpike Troubadours @ Crossroads KC, 8/1/14

It was packed in the Crossroads Arts District Friday night… The weather was perfect, it was First Friday and all sorts of folks were out wandering around, grabbing a drink or two and just taking in one of the more eclectic experiences … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Survivorman @ Czar, Turnpike Troubadours @ Crossroads KC

Holy shit, Motley Crue is at the Sprint Center this weekend?  Sorry, I’m too lazy to find the umlauts. Anyway, the only silver lining is that after this tour, they have promised to stop.  That’s right, this is a “farewell … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting KC Blaze Trail to Keep Top American Talent at Home

Sporting Kansas City took a big swing recently by signing both Matt Besler and Graham Zusi to long-term, Designated Player contracts. DP contracts are the ones that pay the big money, and up until now had been utilized mainly to … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sweltering Heat Doesn’t Stop Dom’s Selfie Game

In its first game since the return of US stars Matt Besler and Graham Zusi, Sporting KC took on the Chicago Fire at hot and humid Sporting Park Sunday afternoon.  Both players are reportedly entertaining offers from clubs around the … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Step Aside Haters, The Skinny on This Year’s US World Cup Team

Now that the World Cup is over for the US Men’s National Team, everyone wants to get down and dirty and really analyze WHAT IT ALL MEANS… Do Americans really care about soccer now? Why are there so many soccer … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips Remain Defiant at Wakarusa 2014

The Flaming Lips played a prime slot at this year’s Wakarusa Festival – Friday at 10:00 pm on the Main Stage.  But the band’s music and customary spectacle was a bit overshadowed. I’ll explain. For those of you that have … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Wakarusa Road Trip 2014 – Day One

The annual pilgrimage to Mulberry Mountain and the Wakarusa Festival went off this year without a hitch. Yes, there was a little rain, but not even close to the kind of storms they weathered last year when the festival had … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Indie Rock Legends Guided By Voices Coming to The Granada in Lawrence June 18th

One of the greatest lo-fi indie records of all time, Guided By Voices‘ Bee Thousand, turns 20 this summer. In a couple weeks, you can hear some of that album straight from the source, in one of the smaller, more intimate … Continue reading

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Donnelly: With So Many Regulars Out, Sporting Struggling to Find 3 Points

With a 1-0 loss on Saturday at DC United, Sporting Kansas City have no wins in the last five games.  You have to go back almost a month – May 10th to be exact – to see the boys in blue … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting KC Frustrated with 1-1 Draw Against NY

Maybe being on national TV gave Sporting Kansas City a little extra incentive to come out strong…   Then again, maybe it was the sold out mid-week crowd that showed up to see stars like Thierry Henry and Bradley Wright-Phillips … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Packing Up For Arkansas ‘Best Thing to Happen to Wakarusa,’ Promoter Says

Ahhh, memories… It seems like only yesterday we were reporting on hidden cameras in trees, tactical squads barreling through campgrounds on ATVs, roadblocks, and unconstitutional searches and seizures at the then relatively young Wakarusa Festival at Clinton Lake State Park on the … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Depleted Sporting Squad Fights Like Champions but Falls 2-1 at Chicago

With Matt Besler and Graham Zusi out with the national team for the upcoming World Cup, Sunday’s lineup at the Chicago Fire was already going to look a bit different. But then down went Aurelien Collin with a hamstring issue. … Continue reading

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Donnelly: ‘We played like crap.’ — Sporting Loses 2-1 at Home to Philly

For the first ten minutes, it was a pretty cagey back and forth affair. After that Sporting settled in a little and started imposing their will on the game.  Benny Felihaber had a couple nice sequences getting forward, as did … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting KC Pummels Undermanned Montreal, 3-0

Now that was a beating. a beating for the ages… I don’t know that I’ve seen a more one-sided MLS match.  Ever. This one got ugly early, due in part – but not entirely – to the red card that … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Lyle Lovett @ Uptown, KS Food Truck Fest @ Lawrence Warehouse Arts District

You can’t keep a dead man down, apparently… Next week, Xscape, the second posthumous Michael Jackson album, will be released. Critics received an advanced screening of the record at a private party, and their reviews have been somewhat mixed.  I’d … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting in Best Form of the Year Against Columbus

For a clash involving the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, it couldn’t have been set up more perfectly: Sunday.  80 degrees.  3 in the afternoon.  Grills smoking.  Ring ceremony.  Just about perfect. And Sporting KC started about just … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Split Lip @ Bottleneck, Radkey @ Replay, Nathaniel Rateliff @ Czar, Love Garden B-Day @ Granada

New Record of the Week:  Colfax by The Delines. This Portland group was formed recently by novelist/songwriter Willy Vlautin, of the legendary alt-country band, Richmond Fontaine.  It features road-weary lead vocals from Amy Boone (Damnations), and band members Sean Oldham (Richmond Fontaine), Jenny … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting Limps Home After Last Second Loss to New England

Sporting Kansas City couldn’t find the goal even if they had a map of the penalty area with a big X on it Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. Heading into the final few seconds the game was knotted 0-0.  But for … Continue reading

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