Square Pig in a Round Hole-February 26, 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!

The thoughts of birds and bulbs are all on spring, though winter got in a couple more hits this week. Late February is just being itself, but the change of season is inevitable. Maybe I will even get my peas planted! Meanwhile, the band-name bushes are in full bloom.

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. And … hit the follow button (toward the bottom of the menu) and never miss a post!

Not every salad is good for your health. Nice internal rhyme, though!

Living with a Bear
No snacks are safe, especially if the bear in question is Hank the Tank.

Professor Sweater
A cardigan with elbow patches, so square it’s cool. The near rhyme is pretty cool, too.

Shadow Pattern
Another near rhyme that doesn’t reveal itself till said aloud, lovely as the play of light and shade.

Wasabi Samba
Spicy fusion, just in time for Mardi Gras; and a third example of a clever near rhyme.

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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