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.)
SQUARE PIG IN A ROUND HOLE PANDEMIC EDITION #32
We had to return to work this week, which made us look forward even more longingly to retirement. Until then, we will rely on hug breaks and belly laughs to lower our stress levels. But Moon Month continues! October 2020 has two full moons (the second one will be on Halloween) so I will be sharing nothing but moon-themed band names all month. I hope it takes your mind off the lunacy that is 2020. Everybody, wash your hands, wear your mask, and if you haven’t already, 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.
(May 3, 2014) A sweet reversal that’s no less romantic.
(April 19, 2014) The repeated oo sound is fun. Is this another name for moonshine, or is this another level of illegal: bootleg moonshine?
The Moon Is Flat
(September 5, 2015) Because it’s actually a giant beach ball, and it needs to be pumped up.
(September 29, 2018) Moonlight as part of some mystical healing ritual. Or: the remedy for moonlight is curtains.
(March 8, 2020) Gidney and Cloyd?! Watch out for the scrootch gun.
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