Square Pig in a Round Hole-April 29, 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!

The sun came out! Seattle is having what I hope is a foretaste of May. If you manage to not wear yourself out with outdoor activities, there are lot of bands playing lots of shows this weekend. It was easy pickings on the band-name front.

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 hope we’re blowing the dust out, not sprinkling it in.

Monster Planet
Great B-movie vibe. Is this where monsters come from, or is it just really big?

Mysterious Teriyaki
Rather than an unidentifiable cafeteria lunch, I choose to take this as an unassuming hole in the wall where the food is so good, they don’t need signage. But if you want to eat there, you have to collect all the clues.

The Northern Light
What you see on your budget vacation to Iceland. Just the one.

The Sinbound
AKA our human inclination to get it wrong.

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.)

My forthcoming science fiction novel, Ego & Endurance releases on May 2 and is now available for preorder. Details here! 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!

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