Critics' Picks: U2, Sia, Steve Earle, and more

U2

TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday 7.23

With the social and commercial ambitions of the Clash times Michael Jackson, U2 are too big to fail boringly: "Green" mansions and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are what they do instead of crashing cars into swimming pools. What's amazing is how often they get it right, which in concert is all the time. Playing the Target Center six years ago not long after Hurricane Katrina, Bono took a rare moment of speech-making to say the disaster brought out the best in America. He gracefully saved any implicit criticism for a music video the following year—a cover of the Skids' "The Saints Are Coming," with Green Day—that showed an imaginary U.S. military redeployment from Iraq to New Orleans. On the heels of Israel's war in Gaza a few years later, during a performance of "Pride (In the Name of Love)" at Obama's inaugural celebration, the Irishman paused to suggest that Martin Luther King's was "also a Palestinian dream." These might seem like crumbs, but in pop, they're the gestures of giants—and gutsy ones. U2 are ultimately just four guys who play incredibly well together, their rattlesnake groove and Christmas Krautrock production lifting 2009's No Line on the Horizon to the ether despite fewer great songs than 1997's savaged Pop (whose "Wake Up Dead Man" haunts "Cedars of Lebanon"). All ages. $30-$250. 7 p.m. 2009 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 612.624.8080. Peter S. Scholtes

Gillian Welch

Bono and Co. make their triumphant return to the Twin Cities
courtesy of the artists
Bono and Co. make their triumphant return to the Twin Cities

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TCF Bank Stadium

2009 University Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Category: Sports and Recreation

Region: University

Fitzgerald Theater

10 E. Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN 55101

Category: Theaters

Region: St. Paul (Downtown)

Triple Rock Social Club

629 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

First Avenue

701 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

400 Bar

400 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater

13000 Zoo Blvd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Category: Performing Arts Venues

Region: Apple Valley

Pantages Theatre

710 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Category: Performing Arts Venues

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

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Fitzgerald Theater on Wednesday 7.20

Eight years after her last album under her own name, Gillian Welch returns with The Harrow and the Harvest, an excellent collection of sepia-toned country-folk monologues played with mostly slow and muted conviction, as if to give the songs their full due without waking the baby. As usual she's joined by her longtime musical partner and co-writer, David Rawlings, an able and subtle guitarist whose vocal harmonies are especially felt when minor-key verses give way to lovely major choruses. Welch and Rawlings began inserting some more contemporary references into their songs on 2001's Time (the Revelator), but their project remains essentially historical; at times this leads to a certain movie-set nostalgia, but just as often they get the timelessness they're after, and whether by intention or not their downcast, sometimes wearily optimistic new songs suit present-day recessions and stumbling recoveries. All ages. $32. 7:30 p.m. 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul; 651.290.1200. Dylan Hicks

Off With Their Heads and Riverboat Gamblers

Triple Rock Social Club on Wednesday 7.20

Consider it a "grand opening" for the Out of Step podcast when Off With Their Heads, Riverboat Gamblers, and Dead to Me swing through town on their national tour, with Humanoids and the Manix opening. After a decade on Radio K, host Adam Mehl is moving his popular punk show off the dial and moving to an electronic format, with Wednesday's show serving as a launch party. The Riverboat Gamblers, from Texas, play punk-infused big, raw rock, and frontman Mike Wiebe is known for climbing walls, flailing his body recklessly, and swinging his mic stand with little regard for this band's well-being. The three headliners are also supporting a tour-only three-way split release. Few radio shows last 10 years, so get to the Triple Rock, eat some free bacon, and be prepared to hit that snooze button on Thursday. 18+. $14. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. Loren Green

Sia

First Avenue on Thursday 7.21

Owner of one of the sexiest voices in pop, jazzily sultry where the dominant style is tough, Australian-born New Yorker Sia Furler has been performing and recording since she was a teenager in the '90s—her "Breathe Me" (from a mellower period) soundtracks the final scene of Six Feet Under. Following collaborations with Christina Aguilera, she promised a star-coming-out party with last year's We Are Born, its bold musicality like an AM-radio Janelle Monae, and with the Strokes' Nick Valensi adding crisp, trebly guitar. But she stopped touring, for health reasons, after playing the Fine Line last year. Now she returns, still something of an eclectic folk-pop neo-soulstress live, but ready for dance. With Oh Land. 18+. $20. 6 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Peter S. Scholtes

The Blow

400 Bar on Friday 7.22

"That's an interesting question. What's the Blow?" That's Khaela Maricich—a.k.a. the Blow—self-posing a query which you can safely expect to remain unanswered after her performance this week, and the next, and the next. It's not that it's difficult music, all minimalist pop production and Maricich's strong and restrained voice, but that it's not strictly about the music at all. At a performance last year, Maricich gazed into the audience from her empty stage, struck a hip-thrust pose, and asked: "Do these people think they can have me?" That question is at the root of the Blow in its current state; a sort of in-person evaluation of the pop princess, with Maricich as the monologuing jester, the self-doubting star, and the actual, vulnerable artist behind it all. Don't go looking for answers, and don't be surprised if you get a few anyway. With He's My Brother, She's My Sister. 18+. $10/$12 at the door. 8 p.m. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.332.2903. Andrew Flanagan

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Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

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Car wraps San Diego

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Car wraps San Diego

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Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

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Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

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Car wraps San Diego

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Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

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Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

Car wrap advertising creates a client experience, turns heads, brings eyeballs to your brand. It sells you by simply being there while you drive. All you need is a creative vehicle design, a car, and a drive to be the most recalled brand in your market. When a potential customer sees your vinyl car wrap, they should take away three things within the first 3 seconds of viewing:

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

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Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

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Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

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and the rest charged for printing. The double sided roll up banners which are more frequently used these days,

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

There are tons of different colors and shades to pick from. Professionals at these companies help you choose which color or shade best suits your car, your personality and what you're going for. They provide full, half and quarter wraps for anything ranging from a trailer to an RV. There are a number of materials used to graphically design your car and turn it into the ride you desire. Vehicle wraps can consist of Aluminum, Acrylic, PVC, wood, polystyrene, foam and other plastics. However, few companies in San Diego use 3M Vinyl Decals which are long lasting and will not fade away whether sun or storm. You'll be able to enjoy the graphically designed imaging for years to come.

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

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Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

Car wrap advertising creates a client experience, turns heads, brings eyeballs to your brand. It sells you by simply being there while you drive. All you need is a creative vehicle design, a car, and a drive to be the most recalled brand in your market. When a potential customer sees your vinyl car wrap, they should take away three things within the first 3 seconds of viewing:

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

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Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

The price difference between a decal and a vinyl wrap is definitely there. A pair of car decals are probably in the range of $120 vs. a wrap which run from $2500 - $3500 depending on the make, model and year of the car. If you have invested in other areas of your company, don't skimp on one of the most public images of your business - your car, that is driving around in front of your customers every day. A vehicle wrap lasts for 5 years.

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

when your car is parked in a driveway or a parking lot, people will see your ad and think about it, even if it's for a brief moment. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), a delivery truck makes 16 million visual impressions in a single year. Now if only your ad was on that truck.

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

When you are using flags in San Diego, you have to concentrate on a few things. The fabric of the flag is important. You need not go for expensive fabric types but polyester flags are generally long standing and they can withstand even rains. The shape of the flag can also make a difference with your advertising. Though rectangular shapes are common, you can also find feather shaped flags. There are slight variations in the flag shapes and if you are able to arrive at a unique flag design, you can make heads turn.

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

So you see, there are mountains of benefits to having a car wrap put on your business vehicle and not many downsides. And with proper care of your car wrap the benefits only increase, because the better shape it stays in, the longer it will last, the more advertising you are getting for your money.

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

Even if you don't have your own business that you wish to advertise, you may still be able to benefit from car wraps. Various companies will pay you to sport their advertisements on your car. There are certain rules however, You generally need a late model and popular car. The year the new VW Beatles came out they were targeted for wraps. Your typical daily router id considered. They want your car and their wrap to be exposed to many different pats of the city

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

There are special companies that manufacture the wraps. They design, print, install and remove the wrap from your car.

The effect is spectacular but the process remains fairly simple. The whole process can take approximately two weeks.

The design and printing process can take 10-14 days while the installation of the wrap takes 1-2 days.

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

A car wrap gives your company a professional look and helps people see that you are serious about your business. As a result, they are more likely to take you seriously as well.There are many different types of wraps, each one with its own unique set of advantages. These include:Many companies have already invested in company cars, and their employees drive them around not only during working hours, but after hours as well. You can maximize this investment by transforming these cars into advertising canvases.

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

Car wrap advertising creates a client experience, turns heads, brings eyeballs to your brand. It sells you by simply being there while you drive. All you need is a creative vehicle design, a car, and a drive to be the most recalled brand in your market. When a potential customer sees your vinyl car wrap, they should take away three things within the first 3 seconds of viewing:

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

Rest assured car wraps do not do any damage to your paint job. After removal your car will look the same as it did before getting the wrap. Also these wraps are incredibly durable. Most companies will guarantee their wraps for up to three years. The wraps are completely and quickly removable but they are not reusable.

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

Vehicle wraps is a fad in the society due to the amazing client line up that it has shown. Whether a Fortune 500 company or a small business of two people, vehicle wrap advertising is the best decision you can make in favor of your team. It is cost effective and ensures better reach to people. Every day the moving traffic has many vehicles which display a company's name in a creative fashion so as to be noticed. The vehicle wraps thus give you the option of utilizing a space, which may seem so bland otherwise, sound interesting.

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

Vinyl lettering is a form of vinyl graphics, but without any graphics involved, it is only lettering or numbering. Vinyl lettering is a good choice if you want to get something started, but can't start with the car wrap. Half wraps are a form of vehicle graphics that mix both vinyl lettering and professional vehicle graphics to get the best of both worlds, maximizing your response rate and reducing your out of pocket expense.

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

Vehicles wrap your car, and take a trip round the town, preaching without saying a word. It's really effortless and that simple. Vehicle wraps are a big hit with sports fans. Vehicle wrapping your car with your favorite local team's logo will go a long way in strengthening your support towards them. It also gives you a way to show off your team's colors and let everyone know who you support. If you like to drive fast and enjoy racing with friends, you can make it known with funky racing car art on your ride. Put up racing signs and company logos. You tell the company what you like and they will turn your car into a mean hotshot ride.

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

Vehicles wrap your car, and take a trip round the town, preaching without saying a word. It's really effortless and that simple. Vehicle wraps are a big hit with sports fans. Vehicle wrapping your car with your favorite local team's logo will go a long way in strengthening your support towards them. It also gives you a way to show off your team's colors and let everyone know who you support. If you like to drive fast and enjoy racing with friends, you can make it known with funky racing car art on your ride. Put up racing signs and company logos. You tell the company what you like and they will turn your car into a mean hotshot ride.

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

Lets see why they can be outstanding form of advertising for your company. Imagine this scenario. You invest between $3k-$11K to get a professional full vehicle wrap with a custom vehicle wrap design. That vehicle, if you are one of the average people who drive between 1-2 hours per day, would mean that your advertisement will be seen around 7 hours per week, 28 hours per month, 336 hours per year, and with a 3-5 year life, you're talking a potential 1,680 hours of visible advertisement

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

Vehicle wraps can be planned in a manner that they don't take the extra cost of engaging a vehicle from outside

the company. Your service and utility vehicles can be incorporated to carry the vinyl graphics created by a

credited designer. There are hundreds in San Diego to help you plan your own customary design and graphic. The

car wraps are a high resolution bright colored vinyl graphic that is created on a protective laminate to be

affixed on a truck, bus or a car. Such vinyl laminates are UV resistant and do not roll up. For long term

graphics, however, only liquid laminate is used.

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

The present era is rightly called the era of advertising. There hasn't been as much revolution spewing in any

industry as in the advertising and the marketing genre. The marketing gurus have left no stone unturned to create

an overwhelming pictorial effect which takes over the buyer completely. It is this visual compulsion of graphic

images that has given rise to vehicle graphics;; the fastest moving mode of advertising!

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

Now, being in a warm sunny place, such as San Diego, gives you an advantage to the amount of time your vehicle can be seen by potential clients. They can be seen by more people annually than some other places, due to the fact that there is very little, if any, rain, dust, snow, or other natural phenomena that would prevent people from seeing your vehicle graphics. When you get vehicle graphics in San Diego, you are making sure that your company has a large chance to receive the maximum benefits and exposure vehicle graphics can provide.

Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

If your car wrap, was seen by 2500 people per day, then it could be seen by 17,000 people per week, 525,000 per month, 6,300,000 people per year, and with a life of 5 years, your advertisement would be seen by 31,500,000 people! To get an advertisement seen by millions of people, with a one time investment, no monthly payments, that lasts 5 years, and pay as little as $3k-$11k, is by far, one of the most valuable ways to invest in advertising. This is why all the large companies see the value in vehicle graphics.

 

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