Square Pig in a Round Hole-November 5, 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!

Happy Blog Birthday! Square Pig in a Round Hole is 12 years old this weekend. (You can glimpse the beginnings here.) I have rarely missed a week in all that time because band names don’t sleep. During the dark days of 2020-21 when the live music venues were closed, I was thankful to have such a trove to choose from for retrospective posts, but I’m happier to find new material every week. I plan to be here until that well runs dry.

If you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch to encourage them as we perhaps move into less interesting times. And … hit the follow button at the lower right to never miss a post!

Coyote Picnic
It’s the rare occasion when we want wild creatures taking their meals indoors. So are they always on a picnic?

Extra-crispy musical goodness.

The Longest Johns
When you must step up your winter underwear game.

Radical Leftovers
After the Wobblies’ annual picnic.

Just the name on its own–does it get more punk?


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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