Review: EL VY @ Theatre Fairmount

Few performers can transfix a crowd quite like Matt Berninger. After 20 years of touring as the lead singer/songwriter of indie rock mainstays the National, he's managed to channel his vulnerable, poet laureate persona into veritable rock star swagger. Ambling about the stage yesterday evening (November 16) as part of his new project EL VY, Berninger showed that he could live up to — and even reach beyond — the crowd's high expectations. Paired with multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf's sharp production and steady, rippled beats, both musicians showed the sold-out crowd just how powerful a so-called "side-project" could be.

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