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Donnelly: Sporting Slump Busted, But MLS Refs Get Called Out

Sporting Kansas City really needed this one… On a four game losing streak that was the longest in years, the boys in blue got some good medicine in LA, matching up against the dumpster fire that is Chivas USA. Yep, … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: The Schwag @ Granada, Mudhoney @ Riot Room

Friday, September 12th The Schwag at the Granada in Lawrence Remember when the Feds busted Schwag lead man Jimmy Tebeau for owning the property that hosted the annual Schwagstock festival?  The law man came down hard on Jimmy because people … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting KC Needs Playoff Push After 4th Straight Loss

Over the weekend, Sporting Kansas City dropped its 4th game in a row, this time on the road at the New York Red Bulls. The boys in blue have been in a death spiral for the better part of a month now, … Continue reading

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Donnelly: What’s Wrong? Sporting KC Drops 3rd in a Row

What’s wrong with Sporting Kansas City? On Wednesday, playing at the New England Revolution, KC’s boys in blue gave up three goals and dropped their third game in a row. The former league-best defense has not recorded a shutout since June 27th – … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Washed Out @ Granada, Buzz Beach Ball @ Sporting Park

New album you should listen to: Delta Spirit  – Into the Wide It drops on September 9th.  If you are unfamiliar with this San Diego – now NYC – band, check out 2010’s excellent History From Below.  Lead singer Matthew Vasquez‘s distinctive … Continue reading

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Donnelly: DC Hands Sporting Worst Loss Ever at Sporting Park

The American flag at the northeast corner of Sporting Park was lifeless and limp as the National Anthem filled the stadium.  On the pitch the temperature was over 100 degrees. Halfway through the tune, several of the customary pre-game fireworks appeared … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Lawrence Busker Fest, Fiddling & Picking Championships, The Sluts @ Liberty Hall

Looks like Lawrence is the place to be this weekend… Especially if you want to see a guy in a top hat shoot ping pong balls out of his …..  mouth.  Sorry.  Apparently he can throw a dime in the … Continue reading

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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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