Tag Archives: Matt Donnelly

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: 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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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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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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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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Hearne: Are The Flaming Lips Flaming Out?

Talk about a band at the crossroads… Word on the street that tonight’s Flaming Lips show in the Crossroads is an epic disaster in terms of ticket sales raises serious questions about the band’s future. The combination of Father Time, a … Continue reading

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Donnelly: A Quick Chat With Graham Zusi, Sporting KC’s Rising Star


Don’t know Graham Zusi yet?

Well, you will soon.

Sporting KC’s firestarter will soon be featured on a billboard in downtown KC, flowing locks and all. So maybe you’ll recognize the growing star next time you catch him out at the Crossroads taking in a show, or hiking around a local park.

What else?

Well, after barely playing his first two seasons in the league, he was named the MLS Breakout Player of the Year in 2011, leading Sporting Kansas City to the Eastern Conference finals with his heady midfield play.

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Sounds Good: William Elliott Whitmore@Granada, Craig Finn@Record Bar, moe.@Liberty Hall

I know it’s a ways off, but if you want to save a little coin now is the time…

The Wakarusa Festival, May 31st – June 3rd in beautiful Ozark, Arkansas, has been selling tickets at a breakneck pace.  That’s no real surprise, especially for anyone that’s made the four hour journey down to Mulberry Mountain before. 

The venue is spacious, amenities are plentiful, and there’s even a really nice river that you can swim in to cool off (and maybe even bathe your filthy carcass).

The $149 price for Early Bird tickets is only good thru this Sunday and it gets you full access to the festival.  Camping passes must be purchased seperately, and they range in price from $29 – $99 depending on where you want to throw your tent or RV down.

And if you do make it down, keep an eye out for me and my KCC crew.  I’ll be the guy dressed like Larry Bird

Here’s the link for Wakarusa’s ticketing:   http://wakarusa.com/2012/tickets.asp

On to this week’s picks…

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Donnelly: The Granada Wants You to Come & Play; Win Season Pass for Two


Do you like free stuff?

If not, stop reading this right now.

OK, here’s the deal, people of the night:

What if I told you that you could take a friend (or enemy, or anyone really, so long as they’re legal) to every upcoming show at The Granada in Lawrence… FOR FREE!!?

What if I told you that you’d be seeing William Elliott Whitmore, Railroad Earth, Stephen Malkmus, Blind Pilot, The Head and the Heart, Rachael Yamagata, M83, and Robert Earl Keen just to name a few. And there’s like 30 more.

Well, first off, if you only recognize, maybe, two of those names, punish yourself right now. Go ahead, I’ll wait.  You need to get with the program because you’ve been missing out on some seriously good music.

Here’s how to get the free stuff, but you only have until Monday to cash in…

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Sounds Good: The Lemonheads@Granada, Mountain Sprout@Bottleneck


Step yo game up, KC!

OK, yes, I love Lawrence. So maybe I’m biased. Scratch that, I’m definitely biased.

But lately it seems like LaLa is bringing all the shows right to ME. Just making it too easy, you know?

For example, the Greasy Hair Tour is stopping through this weekend with a trio of shows.

The headliner is, of course, Evan Dando of the Lemonheads with perhaps the greasiest hair this world has ever seen.

Then throw in some hillbilly folk and indie rockers who actually try to make their hair like that and, well… no one light a match, OK?

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Donnelly: Danny Pound at the Lawrence Arts Center, January 21, 2012

Saturday night’s Danny Pound Review, featuring Danny, Arthur Dodge, Matt Suggs, and Suzannah Johannes, could have used a tad more music…

After the sold out show – my first ever at the Lawrence Arts Center – I couldn’t help but think back to 2004 when I saw Ryan Adams at the Lied Center in Lawrence.

During Adams’ performance, which as always featured rambling, incoherent stories and unprofessionalism at its best, someone in the audience yelled, “Less talk, more rock!”  For those not familiar, this is the quickest way to piss off a performer.

Adams scanned the audience, and demanded, “Who said that?”  When the guy raised his proud hand, Adams replied with something like, “Shut your fucking face, I’m Ryan Adams and you’re some jerkoff who yells stuff.”

But the culprit Saturday wasn’t a boozed up, prima donna musician. Nope, it was the emcee, Tim, who seemed to sap more stage time than the bands.

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