The Slants

Portland’s The Slants are the first and only all-Asian American dance rock band in the world. Their catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and bombastic live shows are “not to be missed” (The Westword). They’ve been featured with Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, SPIN, BBC, NPR, and over 2,000 radio stations, TV shows, magazines, and websites across 88 countries. They have 22 international tours under their belts and have collaborated with artists such as The Decemberists, Mindless Self Indulgence, Girl Talk, Apl.De.Ap (of Black Eyed Peas), Blind Pilot, and Shonen Knife. The Slants worked with the Department of Defense for a series of shows at U.S. and NATO bases in Eastern Europe, dubbed “Operation Gratitude.” And they’ve won “Album of the Year” and “Editor’s Choice” from dozens of magazines, including Willamette Week, LA Weekly, Shojo Beat, Village Voice, City Beat, and Rockwired. But the band might be best known for their fight for free speech, which brought them before the Supreme Court of the United States.