Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 22, 2020

Square PigNaming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Square Pig in a Round Hole exists to reward five favorite band names each week. Winners are (usually) listed alphabetically.

Selection is wholly unscientific and subject to whim, with a bias toward wordplay, humor, and local flavor. In most cases, I won’t know anything about the bands at the time of selection. Thanks to the Seattle Times nightlife listings for abundant source material!


How is this possible? After several days with clouds and refreshing showers, Saturday is sunny but not too warm! Enjoy it while you can (of course in safe, socially-distanced way). Wear your mask and sunscreen, and please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

Subways on the Sun

(January 11, 2011) A Very Bad Idea.

Surfer Blood

(January 11, 2014) Beach Blanket Death Metal.

Sun Tunnels

(June 7, 2014) They belong on a bill with Subways on the Sun! I like this because I usually think of tunnels as dark, or anyway, cut off from natural light. This sounds like a bright trail through a deep forest.


(November 8, 2014) Welcome to November in the Pacific Northwest! Aside from today, dodging the sun should be no problem.

The Sun Thieves

(March 8, 2014) Our neighbors, the clouds, raised to mythic heights.


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