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The Slants, fresh from Supreme Court victory, return for a Soda Bar show

Their show is in support of The Slants’ latest release, The Band Who Must Not Be Named.

Asian-American band The Slants, with, from left Simon ‘Young’ Tam, Ken Shima, Joe X Jiang, Tyler Chen, at the Old Town Chin. (Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns)

The Slants are not the first band with a controversial history set to perform in San Diego.

But this Oregon dance-rock quartet is surely the first coming to perform here after winning a landmark Supreme Court victory.

That unanimous ruling concluded the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office erred in not letting the band register its name, which the agency argued was offensive and disparaging to Asian-Americans.

So expect The Slants — led by Grossmont College grad Simon “Young” Tam — to be in an especially celebratory mood when the group performs here Sunday at the 21-and-up Soda Bar. Their show is in support of The Slants’ latest release, “The Band Who Must Not Be Named.”

The Slants, with L1ght Ra1L and Astro Tan: 8 p.m. Sunday. Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., City Heights. $10. 619.255.7224 or

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