Square Pig in a Round Hole-June 26, 2021

Cartoon image of a pink square pig in a round hold

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.)


Oh boy, a record-breaking heat wave! It was already about 80F when I went out at 8 am to water the garden. So this weekend’s band-name theme is hot weather. I’m more thankful than ever for the heat pump we installed a few years ago, and I’m glad I wasn’t planning to go out to a non-air-conditioned club (or anywhere) this weekend. Everybody stay cool and hydrated, and as ever, wash your hands, wear your mask, get your vaccine, and if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day–coming soon, I hope!

Animals in Cars
(July 21, 2014) I can take it so many ways: exuberantly fun — the dog I saw with his head out the window, ears flapping in the breeze; comic and fantastical — cartoon animals driving cars; or poignant and sad — a dog left alone in a hot or freezing car (please don’t).

The Hot Club of Cowtown
(September 2, 2017) Anyone who has lived in a cowtown knows why this is humorous.

Hot Flash Heat Wave
(September 26, 2015) Is it too much information to say this is something I know all about? Ironic that the band seems to be made up of a bunch of young guys, rather than middle-aged women.

Sun June
(June 23, 2018) Should these words be seen together? Those hot, sunny days right before the solstice felt out of season. It’s reassuring to see the return of June Gloom, though I’m glad it will be nice for the parade.

Tropical Popsicle
(June 14, 2014) I never noticed that these two words rhyme, and now it seems so obvious. Plus, I see frozen treats in bright summery colors.


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 ten issues and subscribe here for future issues. (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

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