The National's Matt Berninger (left) has a new band called EL VY. Should fans of his old project fear the new one? Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the artist The Good Listener The Good Listener: Should Fans Fear Side Projects? by Stephen Thompson August 29, 2015 Popular bands like The National, The Black Keys, Wilco and Bon Iver have spawned spin-offs in recent years. Should their fans be nervous, or should they embrace the change of pace?