Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 14, 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!

Blogging a day late because I’m just back from a wonderful trip to the Oregon coast, but I wanted to take a moment to offer these band names as a Mother’s Day gift. I might have to skip next weekend’s blog, though. If you’re in Seattle, find me on May 20 and 21 at the U District Street Fair in the Author Event Network booth (near 47th Street), where I will be signing and selling books (including Ego & Endurance, just out this month!) alongside other local authors. Makes a great gift if you forgot about Mother’s Day!

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!

Burial Clouds
Shroud your loved one in fluffy vapor and inter them in the sky.

Graveyard Gossip
Take flowers and tell about your family’s doings. Or maybe this is how the dead pass their time–talking about the living behind our backs/below our feet.

Living in Frames
A curated existence for display.

Sacred Skin
Honor your epidermis! The physical is no less holy than the spiritual.

Sugar Bones
A sweet skeleton, but don’t get it wet.


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 new science fiction novel, Ego & Endurance is out now! 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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