News

Oct 25, 2016

Andrew Bird has been doing a series of shows from his living room called "Live From the Great Room" that he's been posting to his Facebook page. Now a video of Bird and Matt Berninger (The NationalEL VY) covering the Lou Reed classic "Perfect Day" has surfaced. More

Oct 17, 2016

EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) released their excellent debut album, Return to the Moon, last October via 4AD.  More

Watch: EL VY – “Careless” Video

Return to the Moon Out Now via 4AD

Aug 09, 2016

EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) released their excellent debut album, Return to the Moon, last October via 4AD. They have been releasing amusing black & white videos for all of the songs on the album and now here's the final one, for "Careless." More

Watch: EL VY - “Sleepin’ Light” Video

Return to the Moon Out Now via 4AD

Aug 03, 2016

EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) released their excellent debut album, Return to the Moon, last October via 4AD. More

Listen: EL VY - “Need a Friend (Wye Oak Remix)”

EL VY's Return to the Moon Out Now via 4AD

May 12, 2016

EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) released their excellent debut album, Return to the Moon, last October via 4AD. Now they have shared a remix of "Need a Friend" by Wye Oak's Andy Stack. Listen to the remix below.

Mar 31, 2016

Last October, EL VY (Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf) released their debut LP, Return to the Moon, earning them a spot on the cover of Under the Radar's Issue 55. Today, we're pleased to share a remix of the album cut "No Time to Crank the Sun." More

Mar 11, 2016

EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) released their excellent debut album, Return to the Moon, last October via 4AD. They have already shared several videos for the album and now they have just put out two more, for "Sad Case/Happiness, Missouri" and "It's a Game." More

Jan 13, 2016

Last night President Barack Obama delivered his eighth and final State of the Union address. At the White House there was a preshow event last night that was live streamed and can be watched below. EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) performed at the event, as did rapper Wale. More

Jan 12, 2016

EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night. More

Watch Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES and Matt Berninger of The National/EL VY Interview Each Other

CHVRCHES' Every Open Eye and EL VY's Return to the Moon Both Out Now

Dec 02, 2015

Lauren Mayberry of Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES and Matt Berninger of The National and EL VY have interviewed each other for Live Nation TV. Mayberry and Berninger sat down together before the Treasure Island festival in San Francisco in October. At the festival Mayberry got up on stage with The National to perform The National's "I Need My Girl." More

Watch: EL VY - “No Time to Crank the Sun” Video

Return to the Moon Out Now via 4AD

Nov 24, 2015

EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) released their excellent debut album, Return to the Moon, at the end of October via 4AD. Now they have shared a video for "No Time to Crank the Sun." As with all of EL VY's videos thus far, Matt's brother Tom Berninger directed the clip.  More

Under the Radar Announces November/December Issue with EL VY on the Cover

Issue 55 Also Includes Interviews with Julia Holter, Kurt Vile, Neon Indian, Martin Courtney, The Dears, John Grant, Bruce Campbell on Ash vs Evil Dead, the Cast of Back to the Future, and More

Nov 13, 2015

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of the November/December 2015 issue, which is available digitally now (via the magazine apps Zinio and Readly), has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon. It will also soon be available digitally via Under the Radar's app, as well as Readbug and Kindle. The issue features EL VY (Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls) on the cover.  More

Nov 03, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo just released their great debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, last Friday via 4AD. Last night they opened their tour at Portland's Doug Fir Lounge in what was essentially their first full on live show (beyond some shorter performances).  More

Oct 29, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo will be releasing their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, tomorrow (Friday, October 30) via 4AD. Earlier today they shared another single for it, "Silent Ivy Hotel," via Spotify More

Oct 29, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo will be releasing their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, tomorrow (Friday, October 30) via 4AD. Today they have shared another single for it, "Silent Ivy Hotel," via Spotify.  More

Oct 26, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo will be releasing their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, this Friday (October 30) via 4AD. Today they have shared another single for it, "Need a Friend," via its lyric video. More

Watch CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry Perform with The National at the Treasure Island Festival

Performed "I Need My Girl," Plus The National Debuted a New Song on Friday

Oct 19, 2015

Last night at the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco The National brought up Lauren Mayberry, frontwoman for Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES, to duet on "I Need My Girl," a song from The National's Trouble Will Find Me. Of course a fan captured video of the performance, which you can watch below. More

Oct 07, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo will be releasing their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, on October 30 via 4AD. Today they have shared another single for it, "Paul Is Alive," via its lyric video.

Oct 01, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo will be releasing their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, on October 30 via 4AD. More

Sep 24, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo will be releasing their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, on October 30 via 4AD. Berninger and Knopf did a session atStudio Brussels and performed the previously unheard Return to the Moon song "No Time to Crank the Sun." More

Sep 03, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo will be releasing their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, on October 30 via 4AD and previously shared the lyric video for the album opener and sort of title track, "Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, With Crescendo)." Now the band has shared a new song, "I'm the Man to Be," via its lyric video. More

Aug 04, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. More


Interviews

2015 Artist Survey: EL VY (and The National and Ramona Falls)

Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf on 2015's Fantasy Best Albums, the Election, Being Fired, Taylor Swift, and Disastrous Dates

Mar 07, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf of EL VY. Berninger is also in The National and Brent Knopf also records as Ramona Falls and was previously a member of Menomena. More

EL VY - The Under the Radar Cover Story

Together Apart: Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls on Their Years-in-the-Making Collaboration

Feb 19, 2016

Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf are at the same address, but they're not in the same room. In New York City, "running around doing some TV tapings, radio thingies, and stuff like this," as Berninger calls it, The National frontman is 17 stories up occupying a hotel suite overlooking the memorial site of Ground Zero. More


Reviews

Return to the Moon

Return to the Moon

4AD

Oct 26, 2015

People tend to think of an artist's side-project as having less credibility than his main output vehicle, but that should not be the case for EL VY. A partnership made up of Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls, EL VY makes highly polished studio indie pop.  More