Square Pig in a Round Hole-October 3, 2020

Naming 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!
(Until live music returns, I am curating retrospective posts from past material. Dates indicate when the band was originally featured.)


It’s Moon Month! October 2020 has two full moons, and the second one will be on Halloween. (So I will not be at all surprised if October’s thing turns out to be werewolves.) I found enough moon-themed band names in past posts to share nothing but for the entire month. Some weeks, starting now, I’ll even share more than five because there is just that much lunar goodness. I hope it takes your mind off the lunacy of this campaign season. Everybody, wash your hands, wear your mask, and plan to vote like your life depends on it. And if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

Artemis Moon
Luna God

(January 5, 2019) I’m a friend of the moon and an admirer of classical pantheons, so what luck to find two moon-deity names in one week! Based on a quick listen, they would fit nicely on the same bill, too.

Boots to the Moon

(February 14, 2015) Have you seen that Photoshop of a cat crossing the path of an astronaut on the moon? That’s Boots.

Buildings on the Moon

(September 3, 2011) I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking about this topic. I’m thinking spaceport, but I heard that a pizza chain (Domino’s?) wants to be the first pizza restaurant on the moon. It’ll probably go right next to Starbucks.

Darkness Stole the Sky
Long Dark Moon

(February 27, 2016) Mythopoetic explanations for lunar phases, winter, night.

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