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The Broken West: Indie-Pop's New Face (and Name)

The Broken West.
The Broken West.

Name changes can spell disaster — or at least confusion — for young bands, but The Broken West appears to have only gained momentum since changing its name from The Brokedown due to legal issues with a similarly named act. It helps that the group's infectious blend of indie-rock and power-pop remains largely unchanged.

After forming in 2004, The Brokedown wasted little time in releasing a debut EP, The Dutchman's Gold. Well-received by critics and fans, the EP — and extensive touring in support of it — increased the band's national exposure. After changing its name and signing with the high-profile Merge label, The Broken West recorded its full-length debut, I Can't Go On, I'll Go On, for release this week. Brimming with catchy hooks and sweet harmonies, the disc sounds like the stuff from which major breakthroughs are born.

Copyright 2007 XPN

David Dye
David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.