Square Pig in a Round Hole-October 31, 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.)


Happy Halloween! It couldn’t be more perfect for going out and having fun–Saturday, full moon, getting that lost hour back … But it’s still 2020, so we’ll have to settle for making our own fun at home. It is a beautiful day here at Square Pig HQ, so I may go on a jack-o-lantern hunt after lunch.

Meanwhile, I have one more batch of moon-themed band names to share, including a bonus sixth name to top off your treat sack. I hope they take 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.

Moon Taxi
(September 27, 2014) And step on it!

(September 5, 2015) A nice rhyme, and a reminder that sometimes we are privileged to see the moon by day.

Walk the Moon
(March 17, 2012) When you travel on a moonlit night, the moon travels with you. Kind of hard to get the leash on, though.

The Soft Moon
(April 25, 2015) This one really is made of cheese.

Strange Moon
(August 23, 2014) Otherworldly by definition yet right there.

(January 25, 2014) I like this recent fad for shapeshifting into animals other than wolves. This one’s practical, too: wait for the full moon and take care of those pesky blackberries yourself.


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