Square Pig in a Round Hole-January 15, 2022

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!

For now, there are still enough shows scheduled for me to forage up a blog’s worth of band names. Whew! I would rather not have to go back to retrospectives, but I would even more rather people stay safe and healthy. Whichever, I’ll be lifting up band names every week. Hit the follow button over there on the right and never miss a post!

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

Another Magic
This speaks to me as a fantasy writer playing with the idea of regional or generational styles of magic. Why would there be only one kind?

Coral Grief
A poetic and synesthetic idea, that grief comes in different colors. Or maybe reefs are mourning their losses. Poignant either way.

Disco Fries
Glittery potato snacks ruling the dance floor.

Spud Cannon
Personal nostalgia hit. A potato cannon was part of many of our extended-family 4th of July celebrations. I wonder how many (non-glittery) potatoes were launched into Holmes Harbor on those occasions.

Vile Creature
“Vile” is right up there with “loathsome” on my list of favorite adjectives. You’re left to imagine the monster for yourself–much scarier than being told or shown in detail.


Two last things before you go:

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

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