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Sounds Like San Diego: Sept. 10

The dance rock band's name ignited a national free speech debate

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    Sounds Like San Diego: Sept. 10
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    The Slants headline Soda Bar on Sunday, Sept. 10.

    The Slants initiated an important discussion: Can you trademark a name that some consider offensive and a racial slur? The battle went on for eight years and ended up at the Supreme Court, who finally ruled this summer that forbidding the slur in the trademark was infringing upon the band's first amendment right to free speech. The all Asian-American band received tons of press over the issue, but it is possible the battle overshadowed the band itself -- so the music, at least on a mass scale, has stayed under the radar, which is still good for all of us because we can catch the dance rock band in an intimate venue like Soda Bar. Around town, Point Loma locals Stray Monroe play the Casbah, the Big Decisions play Sycamore Den,  Belly Up hosts a Pink Floyd experience with Infinite Floyd and beloved San Diegans Common Sense come out of retirement for a show at Beach House Bar & Grill in Pacific Beach.

    Sunday, Sept. 10:
    • Old Poway Park Train Festival 2017 featuring Nena Anderson, Fanny & the Atta Boys, Shawn Rohlf & the 7th Day Buskers, Enter the Blue Sky, Johnny Hi-Hat & the Melody Makers @ Old Poway Park
    • Brazilian Day San Diego @ Belmont Park 
    • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
    • The Slants, L1ght Ra1L, Astro Tan @ Soda Bar
    • Infinite Floyd: A Pink Floyd Experience @ Belly Up
    • The Big Decisions @ Sycamore Den
    • George Benson, Kenny G @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
    • Theatre of Hate, Bell Tower Bats, Blood Ponies @ Space
    • Finnegan Blue @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club and Bungalows
    • House Party with Common Sense @ Beach House Bar & Grill PB
    • Stray Monroe, Private Lives, Andora @ Casbah
    • Acquiring the Taste: Prog Rock/Art Rock @ Whistle Stop 
    • Pulsar 107.3 presents Farruko, Lary Over @ House of Blues
    • The Playground: Sunday Night Dance Party @ The Merrow
    • Aristotle Georgio Memorial Tribute @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
    • Golden Bough @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
    • Pool House Sunday @ The Pendry
    • Levinson Pool Parties @ The Lafayette
    • The Larb presents: OB Sunday Summons with Death Eyes, Grids, Bleeder, Kelp Forest @ The Holding Company 1502
    • 99 Red Balloons (all '80s, all Ladies) @ Blonde
    • EDX presented by LED @ Spin
    • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
    • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (all ages)
    • Ria Carey & Don L @ Martini's Above Fourth
    • Radio Depth Charge @ Kava Lounge
    • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
    • Uptown Top Ranking @ The Office
    • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
    • Underworld: Gothic/Industrial @ Navajo Live 
    • Bumpasonic @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
    • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
    • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
    • Church @ A/C Lounge
    • Croatia Squad, Nora en Pure, EDX @ Spin
    • Cheap Date Night @ 710 Beach Club (7-10 p.m.)
    • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

    Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.