Author Archives: Matthew Donnelly

Donnelly: Ike Likely Done for Season, Long-Throw Haters Hating

Sporting Kansas City head to LA this weekend to take on the Galaxy and attempt to snap the reigning MLS Champions’ 25 game home unbeaten streak… Tall task?  You bet. Especially without KC’s leading goalscorer and best defender of this … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Farmer’s Ball @ Bottleneck, Whiskey Myers @ Granada

Saturday, April 18th KJHK Farmer’s Ball Semifinals at the Bottleneck in Lawrence This annual battle of the bands has featured some pretty strong acts over the years, with many of the winners going on to decent local, and even national, … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting KC Needs to Stop Putting Fans to Sleep

Through three games in the 2015 campaign, Sporting Kansas City have scored just two goals en route to recording two draws and a loss… And two of the three games played so far have been in the friendly confines of … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting 1-1 Draw With New York Feels Like Consolation Prize

With a drastically different roster than last season, it was fair to assume that there would be an adjustment period for Peter Vermes’ Sporting Kansas City squad as they began the 2015 campaign at home Sunday evening against the New York Red … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Strike Still Looms as Sporting Home Opener Approaches

Sporting Kansas City‘s home opener is coming up quick… It’s scheduled for this Sunday, March 8th at 6:00 p.m. against the New York Red Bulls. And all signs are pointing to another sold-out season for Sporting, as Kansas City’s soccer … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Turnpike Troubadours @ Granada, Martin Sexton @ Granada

Thursday, February 19th Turnpike Troubadours at the Granada in Lawrence So you’re not a “country music” fan?  Me neither, really.  I mean, I love Willie.  And I can get into a ripping pedal steel for sure.  But I don’t own … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Rebelution @ Liberty Hall, Zola Jesus @ the Granada

After Coachella did their big reveal last week – which included local darlings, Radkey (!) – Wakarusa got in on the act.  But Waka didn’t roll out its entire lineup, just a little taste. The biggest name so far has got to … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting KC Overhauling Roster After Disappointing Season Finish

Sporting Kansas City spent the second half of the 2014 season on an epic slide that finally and mercifully ended with a first round playoff loss to the New York Red Bulls. There’s a lot of blame to go around, to … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Hembree @ Bottleneck, Loretta Lynn @ Uptown

Saturday, November 22nd Hembree and Your Friend at the Bottleneck in Lawrence Most of you probably have at least heard of Your Friend, the Lawrence based singer songwriter who recently won The Pitch award in that category for her atmospheric, dreamy, … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Lucinda Williams @ Liberty Hall, 11/7/2014

“Is there a particular song you’re waiting to hear?” I asked a superfan early on in Lucinda Williams’ set at Lawrence’s fantastic Liberty Hall.  “Like, one of her hits?  Or a fan favorite?” “Uh, she doesn’t really do that,” came the … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Lucinda Williams @ Liberty Hall, Empty Moon @ Replay

Friday, November 7th Lucinda Williams at Liberty Hall in Lawrence This beloved songstress returns to Liberty Hall with a new record in tow, the double disc entitled Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone.  Damn, that’s a grizzled-ass title.  The … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting KC Play Smarter Not Harder but Kronberg Sinks the Ship

Given the way the last several months of their season played out, it was no surprise that Sporting Kansas City fell 2-1 in a one-and-done play-in game at the New York Red Bulls last week. What was surprising about the … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting KC Take Tired, Depleted Squad to NY Thursday to Play for Postseason Lives

Unless Sporting Kansas City can drastically improve its terrible form of late, it looks likely that this year’s post-season run will begin and end Thursday at the New York Red Bulls in a one-and-done playoff match. Yep, KC is matched up against the … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Ryan Adams @ Uptown

Monday, October 20th Ryan Adams at the Uptown Theater in KC Once the darling of the alt-country rock craze, for about the last decade Ryan Adams has been putting out decent records that never could quite live up to Heartbreaker, or … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting Kansas City Clinch Playoff Berth With 2-0 Win Over Chicago

It took a little longer than usual, and at times in the middle of the season Sporting KC looked downright awful. They struggled through a ton of injuries, including the season ending variety to Chance Myers and Ike Opara, and … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: War on Drugs @ Granada, Seinfeld @ Midland, Big Gigantic @ Crossroads KC

Saturday, October 11th The War on Drugs at the Granada in Lawrence This Philadelphia band has put out a couple of damn good albums over the last few years.  2011’s Slave Ambient was a lush take on droney, psychadelic rock. … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Bahamas @ Record Bar, Ringo @ Starlight, J Roddy Walston @ Bottleneck

Saturday, October 4th Bahamas at the Record Bar in KC I’ve had this one circled on my calendar for awhile now.  Don’t let the name fool you – the band is really the alter ego of lead singer/ songwriter Afie … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting Limping Towards Finish, Playoffs Not Clinched

They desperately needed to pick up some points with only a handful of games left in the MLS regular season… Yet Sporting Kansas City couldn’t get out of its own way Friday against the visiting New England Revolution, losing 3-2.  The loss … Continue reading

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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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