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All the Good Band Names Are Taken

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Friday, February 19, 2010

No, seriously. We're running out of band names. The Wall Street Journal recently investigated the lack of catchy, original new band names in the age of MySpace and Google. They found that even the bassist from Led Zeppelin couldn't get his first choice for a name, Caligula, because it was taken. Also: Omara Portuondo, the Latin Grammy-winning singer, and regarded as Cuba's Ella Fitzgerald, performs live in our studio.

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