Author Archives: Matthew Donnelly

Donnelly: Sporting KC Hottest Team in MLS on Back of Practice Keeper

Even though Sporting Kansas City is sitting at 6th in the Western Conference with 30 points, they’re the hottest team in MLS right now… The boys in blue have lost just twice in all competitions since April 18th, and three … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Arthur Dodge @ Replay; Old 97s @ Crossroads KC

Friday, June 5th Arthur Dodge at the Replay in Lawrence Lawrence may not be known for the alt-country and americana bands as it once was, but that doesn’t stop Mr. Dodge and his box of nails voice from throwing things … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Jason Boland @ Granada, Turnpike Troubadours @ Crossroads KC, The Sluts @ Replay

Thursday, May 21st Jason Boland and the Stragglers at the Granada in Lawrence – Free Outdoor Show The Granada has been doing this a few times a year lately, throwing a free outdoor event to try and lure folks to … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Willie Nelson and Beck @ Starlight, May 15, 2015

Willie was the “opener” for this heavy-hitting double bill at Starlight Friday…   Which was a bit of a shame because he started at 8:00, and a lot of the crowd was still rummaging around, getting beers and food, and … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Willie and Beck @ Starlight, Spring into Summer @ Replay

Friday, May 15th Willie Nelson and Beck at Starlight in KC When was the last time Beck came through KC?  I think it was as far back as 2008.  As for Willie, I recall seeing him a few years back … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Star is Born in Sporting KC Win Over Chicago

After allowing eight goals in the previous four matches – including a whopping four at the Houston Dynamo last week –  Sporting Kansas City boss Peter Vermes decided it was time to bench his brand new, Chilean, starting goalkeeper, Luis … Continue reading

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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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