The Broken West: Catchy Hooks, Sweet Harmonies : World Cafe Name changes can spell disaster for young bands, but The Broken West has only gained momentum since changing its name from The Brokedown. It helps that the group's infectious blend of indie-rock and power-pop remains largely unchanged.
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The Broken West in Studio on World Cafe - 05/02/2007

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The Broken West: Catchy Hooks, Sweet Harmonies

The Broken West: Catchy Hooks, Sweet Harmonies

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Set List

  • "On the Bubble"
  • "So It Goes"
  • "Hale Sunrise"
  • "Down in the Valley"

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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. Brimming with catchy hooks and sweet harmonies, the disc sounds like the stuff from which major breakthroughs are born.

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