Author Archives: Matthew Donnelly

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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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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