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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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Sounds Good: Local Natives @ Granada, Arcade Fire @ Starlight, Farmer’s Ball Finals @ Bottleneck

New release of the week: Most Messed Up by Old 97′s. This is the first release from this Texas alt-country band since 2011, and so far the reviews have been pretty decent – even garnering a “must-listen” from Rolling Stone. Pssst. … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting Brings the Wood, Blasts Montreal 4-0

It took about a half hour for Sporting Kansas City to get on the board against the visiting Montreal Impact on Saturday.  But once they did, the floodgates opened and KC put 4 in the back of the net. Prior … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: 420 Fest @ Riot Room, Ben Kweller @ Riot Room, Dead Mockingbirds @ Replay

Might be a good weekend for a road trip… Yep, this weekend is the annual 4/20 Fest in Denver, featuring a solid lineup of hip-hop, reggae, and rock, with headliner Wyclef.  But don’t head out there thinking it’s just a … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Particle @ Bottleneck, Bill Maher @ Midland

New record to check out: The Nels Clines Singers’ Macroscope, which drops on tax day, April 15th. For those unfamiliar, Cline is the short-pants wearing, mad scientist guitar virtuoso for Wilco (and he also kinda looks like Hearne).  But he’s also one … Continue reading

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