Square Pig in a Round Hole-April 15, 2023

Naming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Since 2010, Square Pig in a Round Hole has been rewarding 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!



A lot of this past week was consumed with promoting my forthcoming science fiction novel, Ego & Endurance. If you’re intrigued by a hard sci-fi workplace rom-com/survival story in space, inspired by and patterned on the Shackleton expedition, please check it out! The book releases on May 2 and is now available for preorder. Details here!

Just here for the band names? That is also fine! If you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch. And … hit the follow button at the lower right to never miss a post!

I assume we all have a trigger that makes the blood rush to our face. Mine is telling me you preordered my book and can’t wait to read it.

Dream Commander
I’m thinking of the control room/projection booth in Calvin’s brain where the film reels get mixed up and the guy in charge says to just play them however.

A delightfully cartoonish word that is fun to say.

Vertacyn Arc Materializer
The secret to worldbuilding is saying your made-up stuff with authority. If only my marooned space crew had had one of these. (Or maybe that’s what broke in the accident.)

Worth Nothing
Hooray for northwest loser pride! Not everything has to have monetary value to be good. No one knows that better than indie authors and musicians.


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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