Square Pig in a Round Hole-December 4, 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 and The Stranger nightlife listings for abundant source material!


I’ll let you in on a little secret. I did not go to shows at bars when I was young. I did not even know that was a thing one could do. I got to see quite a few big-name acts in large venues back then, but the joy of a small local act in a small local venue was something I discovered later in life. And I miss it! Especially after seeing this great new Dead Bars video. For now, I will enjoy shows vicariously through nightlife listings and the band names I find there.

As ever, and especially if you’re going out to shows again, wash your hands, wear your mask, get your vaccine if you haven’t already, and if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for even better days.

Succeeding beyond all expectations, or making a disaster out of playing with matches? (I am currently writing about a wizard whose first experience with magic was the latter, only with a fire spell instead of matches. He is scarred … and extra careful.)
Part of the interstate highway system reserved for Godzilla.
Local and seasonal flavor on a misty day. An ethereal peak veiling the solid one.
The monosyllable spotlights a mundane household object, walked-on and taken for granted but finally getting the attention it deserves.
Flavoring your favorite non-figurative baked goods.


Two last things before you go:

  1. I am admin for 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 eleven issues and subscribe here for future issues. (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

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