Square Pig in a Round Hole-March 20, 2021

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.)


Shameless Self-Promotion: Death’s Midwife (Daughter of Magic Book 3) releases next Tuesday, March 23! It is not too late to pre-order–find all the details here. (I recommend ordering from your favorite independent bookshop.) I will be having a little Facebook party on release day from 1-4:00 pm PDT, featuring a giveaway, readings, games, and more. Join the fun here.

The theme this week is a mixed science-fiction bag, with a continuation of last week’s time theme plus a handful of Mars-based band names. As ever, wash your hands, wear your mask, and if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

Aloha Mars
(April 7, 2018) It’s fun to imagine a day when the Red Planet is just another travel destination.

The Boss Martians
Men Martians and Machines
(February 9, 2013) I love it when my R&R and SF interests come together. I don’t suppose I’ll ever get over my Mars kick.

Future Spa
(October 20, 2018) Present got you down? A weekend of time-travel pampering will give you the perspective you need.

Silent Land Time Machine
(March 15, 2014) Anything with “time machine” in the name is almost guaranteed to catch my eye. What I like about this, aside from the length, is that it can be read as three modifiers with one noun; one modifier with three nouns; or two nouns with one modifier each. Mix and match!

Super Happy Story Time Land
(March 17, 2012) A little too long, a little too goofy. Works for me.


Two last things before you go:

  1. My new thing in 2021 is The Rage Brigade, a Facebook group for conversation about fantasy, science fiction, superheroes, and music (and the intersections thereof). If that sounds like fun, come join us here.
  2. I share highlights from this blog in my quarterly author newsletter, The Storypunk Report, as well as news of what I’m writing and reading, upcoming events, and other goodies, including “Wizard in the Mosh Pit,” an exclusive short story just for subscribers. Click the link to check out the first nine issues and subscribe here for future issues. (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)


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