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Hailey Nuthals

Hailey Nuthals, Editor-at-Large

Hailey Nuthals has done so much at WSN that she's not really sure what she's supposed to be doing there anymore. Mostly, she writes for arts and offers her opinion on just about anything. If she's not in the WSN office, she's probably writing or working somewhere else, or falling into deep rabbit holes of cultural research. Mostly, she is looking for ways to nitpick rhetoric in a way that will help to bring about the social and economic equality of the world's citizens. Her studies in the Music Business program are more of a side gig at this point.

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Vaporwave: Songs for the Disaffected

Vaporwave: Songs for the Disaffected

Apr 4, 2018
If you’re too bitter for the hipsters, though — if their disillusionment still sounds like it’s played in a major key — vaporwave is the music for you.
Poster for Nijla Mumin coming-of-age film Jinn, which explores black and Muslim identity in todays political landscape.

‘Jinn’ Brings Fire and Life to Teenage Crisis

Mar 27, 2018
Nijla Mu'min’s "Jinn" explores black and Muslim identity in today's political landscape through a girl's coming-of-age.
Superorganism performing at SXSW 2018.

Photo: SXSW 2018: (Some Of) The Best Artists You Missed

Mar 19, 2018

Superorganism performing at SXSW 2018.

A scene from “Blindspotting,” starring Daveed Diggs as Collin and Rafael Casal as Miles.

Dark Commentary in Enlightening ‘Blindspotting’

Mar 19, 2018
"Blindspotting" grapples with friendship and the intersection of race and class, set against the rapidly gentrifying Bay Area. The film premiered last week at SXSW.
Jenny Murray, director of ¡Las Sandinistas! at the Intercontinental in Austin, TX.

Sandinistas — Lost Lives and Preserved Legacies

Mar 19, 2018
WSN sits down with Jenny Murray to discuss her "Las Sandinistas!” — a film about the women who fought during Nicaragua’s 1979 revolution and helped shape the following government.
Jenny Murray, director of ¡Las Sandinistas! at the Intercontinental in Austin, TX.

Photo: The Intersectionality Feature

Mar 19, 2018

Jenny Murray, director of ¡Las Sandinistas! at the Intercontinental in Austin, TX.

WSN staff talks about their best Halloween childhood costumes ranging from Tigger to being a washing machine.

Staff Recs: Best Childhood Halloween Costumes

Oct 12, 2017
WSN staff members choose their best childhood halloween costumes.
Staff Recs: Scariest Horror Movies

Staff Recs: Scariest Horror Movies

Oct 5, 2017
WSN staff members choose their picks of the scariest horror movies of all time.
Bad Writing Is No Excuse for Bigotry

Bad Writing Is No Excuse for Bigotry

Oct 2, 2017
Flawed characters make for good writing. Perfectly moral characters are the most unrealistic of all, and boring to boot. But encouraging — or at the most passive level, allowing sexist or otherwise bigoted characters to be written uncritically — is to say that those characters are uncritically relatable.
Now that it’s officially October, WSN staff members talk about the best Halloween songs you should listen to

Staff Recs: Best Halloween Songs

Sep 28, 2017
The WSN staff recommends their favorite halloween songs to get them in the mood for the best season.
Sautéed potatoes is one of the many ways to cook a side dish for your meal.

Staff Recs: Best Way to Eat a Potato

Sep 21, 2017
The WSN staff tells you their favorite ways to eat the versatile potato.
‘Elizabeth Blue’ Is the Love Story Mental Illness Deserves

‘Elizabeth Blue’ Is the Love Story Mental Illness Deserves

Sep 20, 2017
"Elizabeth Blue" is a film that deals with mental illness in a fleshed-out way, without reducing itself to stereotypes or stigmas.
NYU professor Alexandra Zelman-Doring shines in The Itch.

Scratching an ‘Itch’ You Hate to Have

Sep 18, 2017
"The Itch" centers around the relationship one has with an alcoholic loved one — a relationship that not everyone can relate to experiencing, but a heart-wrenching one nonetheless.
Spettacolo is a documentary film following the lives of villagers whose home has become defined by its iconic style of entertainment.

“Spettacolo” — Tradition, Irony and a Stage

Sep 5, 2017
Spettacolo, a documentary about the lives of villagers in Monticchiello, is a story about stories, a film that takes the documentary genre and flips it on its head.

Upright Man performed at the Bowery Electric on Aug. 23, wowing the audience with a series of projected visuals on the walls of the venue.

Upright Man: A Band of Evolution

Sep 5, 2017
Upright Man is a band with an eclectic range in music; their album release show at Bowery Electric showcased their jazz, metal, and rock vibes.
Dear Evan Hansen has captivated the hearts of audiences and critics alike, collecting a number of Tony nominations and wins.

Starting Off with a Broadway Bang

Aug 28, 2017
To start your year off with a little drama, here are a few shows currently on Broadway that offer discounted rush or lottery tickets that have already found their place in audiences’ hearts.
Steinhardt alumni Ian Axel and Chad King, who make up the platinum-selling music group A Great Big World, accepted the 2017 Dorothy Height Distinguished Alumni Award at this years Steinhardt Undergraduate Commencement ceremony. The duo graduated in 2007 from the schools Music Business program.

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development Commencement ‘17

May 17, 2017

Bagpipes and raucous cheers met the graduating students of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development’s class of 2017 as they proceeded down the aisles...

Students and loved ones celebrate after the closing of the 2017 College of Global Public Health Commencement ceremony. The ceremony was held at New Yorks historic Town Hall, home to many iconic moments in social justice.

College of Global Public Health Commencement ‘17

May 17, 2017
The 2017 College of Global Public Health's commencement ceremony for its second-ever graduating class was marked with social justice and health reforms both historic and current.
While You Were Here

While You Were Here

May 3, 2017

Does it feel real yet? Has the shock set in, or the relief? Does it feel good? Scary? You did so much to get to this point, and worked so hard. A lot of cups of coffee —...

WSN weighs in on what music to listen to while studying.

Staff Recs: Best Music to Study To

Apr 27, 2017
Just in time for finals season to hit, WSN staff offer their best bets for music to study to.
Juno Temple and Julia Garner as Iris and Catherine, in Liz W. Garcia’s truthful portrait of womens guilt and loss, “One Percent More Humid.”

Tribeca 2017: Oppressive Humidity, Stifling Grief in ‘One Percent More Humid’

Apr 26, 2017
Liz W. Garcia's "One Percent More Humid" accurately and messily depicts grief and the process of healing for two young women.
Jörgen Liik as Hans and Jaan Tooming as the Devil in Rainer Sarnet’s movie. “November” follows the lives of Estonian villagers through beautiful, black-and-white screenplay.

Tribeca 2017: Devils, Demons and Estonian Hijinks in ‘November’

Apr 25, 2017
"November" is a chilly and gleefully spiteful dance of 19th-century Estonian villagers, their ruling German barons and helpful demons possessing makeshift bodies of farm tools and discarded bones.
“The Sensitives” follows the lives of people with chemical and electromagnetic hypersensitivity, where victims can have debilitating reactions to exposure to even the slightest artificial fragrance or electromagnetic radiation. The documentary required extensive precautions to preserve the health of the victims.

Tribeca 2017: ‘Sensitives’ Documentary as Hyper-aware as Its Subjects

Apr 25, 2017
How do you live in a world where the very presence of a cellphone in the room can slur your speech and cause blood in your stool? As it turns out, very carefully.
Avigail Harari as Gili in “Big Sister,” which was a part of the Tribeca Film Festival short film series “Disconnected” that premiered last Friday.

Tribeca 2017: Missed Connections and Severed Links

Apr 24, 2017
Tribeca's short film series "Disconnected" features an incredibly sentimental curation of films on topics ranging from unlikely friendships to 9/11.
The Hudson River is a great outdoor study spot for students in New York City.

Staff Recs: Best Outdoor Study Spots

Apr 20, 2017
It's nearly time for finals, but the sun beckons — the only rational solution? Study outside.
This past Friday, singer-songwriter John Mayer dropped his 7th studio album, “The Search For Everything.” Compared to his last two folk albums, this new album returns to his more pop mainstream roots.

What We Talk About When We Talk About John Mayer

Apr 17, 2017
Talking about John Mayer's ex-girlfriends and very public blunders circa 2012 isn't just irrelevant, it's counterproductive.
Daye Jack, a former NYU student, has a new debut album with Warner Bros. Records called “No Data.” His music is known to have a throwback vibe with consistent instrumentals.

Photo: Daye Jack Brings New School Flows to Old School Cool

Apr 17, 2017

Daye Jack, a former NYU student, has a new debut album with Warner Bros. Records called “No Data.” His music is known to have a throwback vibe with consistent instrumentals.

The Arts Issue

The Arts Issue

Apr 6, 2017

The Arts Issue: Venn Diagrams

The Arts Issue: Venn Diagrams

Apr 6, 2017

This issue is a love poem to Venn diagrams. It is an ode to intersectionality. It is a peace offering to partisanship. I’m a very graphic learner. At the age of nine,...

For Our Own Good: Art, Health and Well-Being

For Our Own Good: Art, Health and Well-Being

Apr 6, 2017
Where everything else fails, art can be our best chance at connecting with each other — even and especially when it comes to our health.
You Cant Kill Music Videos

You Can’t Kill Music Videos

Apr 6, 2017
Calling music videos dead while projects like Beyonce's "Lemonade" and Taylor Bennett's "Broad Shoulders" is like saying that there are no more trees — it will take a lot more than a few hard years to knock down the art form.

Annual Tisch Gala Honors Danai Gurira, Andre Holland

Apr 5, 2017
The 2017 Tisch Gala honoring alums Danai Gurira and Andre Holland was awash with current and former Tisch students, all gathered to celebrate and support their fellow community members.
PWR BTTM are the glittery punk-rockers rising up the New York music scene. The duo released their latest single “Answer my Text” earlier in March.

Staff Recs: Best Art to Name-Drop

Mar 29, 2017
'Tis the season for a flood of cover letters to be sent to prospective summer internships. Let us help you answer the ever-terrifying interview question that will determine your cool-factor.
Kenny G knows his hands are only for playing sax, and we know his songs are only for having fun — but hes not the only choice when youre picking a playlist for your night.

Staff Recs: Favorite Songs to Have Fun To

Mar 23, 2017
Even if it's only been a week of classes after our break, it's still Friday — indulge in some fun, if you know what we mean, and let us suggest a soundtrack for the night.

Aija Mayrock

Love Thy Bullies
Mar 23, 2017

Imagine recounting the worst experiences of your life in front of huge crowds on a near-daily basis. Imagine having to answer questions about that trauma in endless interviews...

Steinhardt junior Michael Nitting fronts The Misters, keeping its core energy and quirks alive and true throughout frequent lineup changes and personal growth.

NYU’s The Misters Explore ‘Complicated People’

Mar 6, 2017
Through three lineups and a host of complications, the ethereal rock band The Misters have persevered. This Thursday, the gang of charismatic chaps will finally release their debut EP "Complicated People."
Hip hop artist Daye Jack performed at Bowery Ballroom on Feb. 27. His new LP “No Data,” will be released on March 24.

Daye Jack: Chasing Dreams

Mar 2, 2017
Daye Jack's recent stop back in New York — after he left NYU to work with Max Martin on producing his own hip-hop music — affirmed just how much his dream is coming true, and just how important it is for him to encourage the dreams of others.
Lafayette Hall, 80 Lafayette St

Lafayette Hall

Feb 23, 2017

Residency: Upperclassmen Estimated yearly cost: $11,052 – $18,494 Low-cost rooms available: Yes Commute to class: 20 minute walk to WSP, 20 minute subway ride to Tandon Nearby...

An eerie reminder of the United States dominating relationship with Puerto Rico looms over attendees of Thursday nights panel at the Museum of the Old Colony exhibit.  The exhibit will be on display at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center until March 16.

Looming Large, Imperially Taking Charge

Feb 22, 2017
Under the current contentious political climate, tensions were especially high — and discussion was especially warranted — at the panel discussion event for KJCC's "Museum of the Old Colony" exhibit.
When a Discussion is Not a Discussion

When a Discussion is Not a Discussion

Feb 8, 2017
It’s wonderful that the NYU College Republicans and conservative groups nationwide say they are trying to promote discussion. It’s doubtful, however, that they’re going about it well, if it’s their honest intentions at all.
The Polarity Issue

The Polarity Issue

Feb 6, 2017

The Polarity Issue came from a large amount of frustration and what often feels tantamount to despair with the recent climate — not just politically, but socially. With so much...

Sit Down, Shut Up, Look Good

Sit Down, Shut Up, Look Good

Feb 6, 2017
In the words of what celebrities are probably thinking at any given moment — what exactly do you expect famous people to do if not exist, for all that existing implies?
“On + Off,” is the new single by NYU’s Maggie Rogers.

Maggie Rogers Returns With “On and Off”

Jan 23, 2017
Former NYU student Maggie Rogers has just dropped another single, and from the looks of it, her 2017 will be even more iconic than her 2016.
Leah Dou played a passionate set at Mercury Lounge, on Friday.

No Dou(buts), Just Chimes

Jan 23, 2017
Leah Dou's out-the-door crowds at her Mercury Lounge concert last Friday were only a fraction of the success the artist deserves.
Michael Frazier

Michael Frazier

Snapping: Diversity's Weapon of Choice
Dec 8, 2016

Michael Frazier is more than qualified to offer advice to his fellow students, and there’s hardly a friendlier face it could come from. The Gallatin senior certainly has a...

Telling the colorful history of the West Village, “Street Children” opened on November 30 at the New Ohio Theatre.

Forget Me Not

Dec 5, 2016
Before the West Village was bougie, it was the kingdom of the queens.

The Pilobolus dance company is currently performing at Skirball with a number of dance pieces that explore various musical and dance styles.

Pilobolus Bends Bodies, Minds

Nov 28, 2016
NYU Skirball is currently hosting the mind- and body-bending dance company Pilobolus, featuring everything from OK Go to Vivaldi in their inventive dancing.
Written by Eric Bernet, NYU Drama Therapy Department showcased Behind the Doors play this past weekend.

NYU Drama Therapy Opens Its Doors

Nov 18, 2016
NYU's Drama Therapy Department put the question of what place theater has in therapy into a proper test this week with the premiere of its play "Behind the Doors."
With his poem discussing police brutality, Michael Frazier is one of the chosen few to represent NYU this year at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational.

Poignant Poetry Grand Slam Sends Five NYU Students to Compete in Finals

Nov 17, 2016
SLAM! at NYU held their Grand Slam on Sunday, with emotions leftover from the presidential election making for a night brimming with all sorts of passion.
Sculptural piece by senior Christine Sersea

As the Neighborhood Goes, So Do We

Nov 14, 2016
"There Goes the Neighborhood," the exhibit currently on display at NYU's Barney Building, gives diversity to the BFA's sense of neighborhood through its exploration of mediums and texture.
Blue Healer plays Free Press Summer Fest in Houston, Texas.

Blue Healer: ‘Art Reflects You’

Nov 11, 2016
In the wake of the release of their self-titled debut album, Blue Healer took the time to speak with WSN about who they are as a band and the way their identity affects their music.
The passionate group of Argentines who constitute the tango ensemble Rascasuelos spoke to us last week.

Rascasuelos Take Tradition to a New Level

Nov 1, 2016
Argentinian tango greats Rascasuelos toe the line between tradition and reinvention with their vivacious performance. In their interview with WSN, members go in-depth about what it means to be heralded as both the new faces of tango and the new Argentinians performing at Carnegie Hall.
Sammus’ new album, Pieces in Space, came out on the 28th of October on Don Giovanni Records.

‘Pieces in Space:’ You’ll Want to Take Notes

Oct 31, 2016
The new LP from New York rap artist Sammus is a sorely needed dose of empowerment for women — particularly black women — dealt in smooth rhymes and defiant statements.
Paul Giamatti, a reputable actor, participated by reading three pieces of Nijinskys.

Giamatti as Nijinsky: A Legend Worthy of the Role

Oct 27, 2016
Famed ballerina Vaslav Nijinsky's diaries were brought to something more than life on Monday night's reading by actor Paul Giamatti.
Part of the Ross Howard Festival, Two of Us depicts the assassination of John Lennon in 1980 and discusses the issues of gender equality, mental health, and gun violence.

When Is Lennon’s Death Not About Lennon?

Oct 26, 2016
In its world premiere, Ross Howard's new play "Two of Us" takes what could have been a redundant, sentimental story and makes it into a curiously thoughtful tale.
CAS alum Daye Jack was recently signed by music legend Max Martin and has released his first full-length album “Surf the Web.”

Q&A: Daye Jack Is Hip-Hop’s Next Big Thing

Oct 24, 2016
NYU alumni Daye Jack came to the university as a computer science, and quickly rose through the ranks — of the music industry. Now, he's collaborating withs stars and working with Max Martin.
Business Brevity Is a Privilege

Business Brevity Is a Privilege

Oct 10, 2016
A video about empty email inboxes was produced for comedy, but turns a blind eye to the inescapable double standard in the workplace.
Sarah Oliver’s most recent works include biographies of two young pop artists Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift.

Examining Celebrities in the Age of Internet

Oct 4, 2016
Sarah Oliver's books "Zayn: A New Direction" and "Inside Taylor Nation: True Encounters With Taylor Swift" are more interesting as examples of current celebrity culture than they are as biographies, detailed though they are.
The Arts Issue: Majors vs. Indie

The Arts Issue: Majors vs. Indie

Sep 29, 2016

During my very first semester at NYU, my Writing the Essay professor, while talking about Damien Hirst’s piece “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone...

LA based teenage girl band The Regrettes rocked the Studio at Webster Hall.

When Regret(te)s Become Great Decisions

Sep 21, 2016
The Regrettes brought a bit of LA sunshine and fun to the New York garage rock scene with their "cupcake" songs and spunky attitude during their Webster Hall show on Sept. 21.
Firefly is the new single from gobbinjrs new EP mom night.

New Single From gobbinjr Shines in the Dark

Sep 6, 2016
gobbinjr, the musical project of NYU's Emma Witmer, just released its newest single "firefly."
Crackskull Road runs at the Workshop Theater at 312 West 36th Street as part of Origins First Irish Theater Festival.

‘Crackskull Row’ Pushes Your Tolerance for Taboos

Sep 6, 2016
"Crackskull Row" dives into the darker parts of Irish culture as part of the Origins First Irish Theatre Festival.
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Learn to Appreciate the Art of Cooking

Aug 28, 2016

Once the whole ordeal of moving in is over (and trust me, it’s always an ordeal), there comes a moment of glorious realization: you’re finally here. In college. In your own...

Brits Off Broadway is performing Ramesh Meyyappan’s “Butterfly” at the 59E59 Theater at 59 East 59th Street through May 14.

‘Butterfly’ Remake Pins Audience

May 2, 2016
The latest production from Brits Off Broadway is an adaptation of the opera "Madame Butterfly."
Indie pop singer, Genevieve Schatz, became a solo act in 2014 after leaving the band Company of Thieves.

Genevieve: Musician, Spiritual Advisor and Clairvoyant

Apr 19, 2016
WSN sat down with Genevieve, an up-and-coming pop singer who is gaining hype for her new single "Show Your Colors."
Stephen Aubreys I Will Look Forward to This Later is playing at the New Ohio Theater at 154 Christopher Street through April 23.

“I Will Look Forward” Is Worth More Than a Look

Apr 13, 2016
"I Will Look Forward to This Later" is a tragically funny play about art-making and what makes a meaningful life.
Todd Lewis Kramer: Life, Love & Music

Todd Lewis Kramer: Life, Love & Music

Apr 12, 2016
WSN sat down with Brooklyn Americana singer Todd Lewis Kramer to talk about his upcoming album "Fairground."
Marisa Pearl (left) and Hayley Livingston (right) are members of Human People, an all-girl punk band.

The Sound of Choice: Punk Rock

Apr 11, 2016
WSN explores the current state of punk rock in our generation.
PREMIERE: Dont Miss Molly Chapmans New Music Video for See Through

PREMIERE: Don’t Miss Molly Chapman’s New Music Video for “See Through”

Apr 7, 2016
Check out Gallatin sophomore Molly Chapman's new music video for her original song "See Through."

Stream Like Your Life Depends on It

Apr 6, 2016
In today's digitized music landscape, how can companies react - and how should they react - in order to maintain profits?
In his new book Date-onomics, author Jon Birger discusses why women are having an increasingly difficult time finding mister right.

‘Date-Onomics’ Author Talks Hookup Culture

Apr 4, 2016
John Birger's new book "Date-Onomics" is a comprehensive, analytical look at gender dynamics in modern dating.
Los Angeles-based trio Fairground Saints is currently touring as the opener for Carly Rae Jepson.

WSN Sits Down With Fairground Saints, the Band Touring with Carly Rae Jepsen

Mar 30, 2016
WSN sat down with Fairground Saints, a folk pop band currently touring with Carly Rae Jepsen.
DREAMERS is a cosmic rock band featuring NYU Steinhardt Alum, Nick Wold.

Steinhardt Alum Talks DREAMERS, Jazz

Mar 21, 2016
WSN sat down with NYU alum Nick Wold, the frontman for cosmic rock band DREAMERS.
Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Buried Child” returns 20 years after its last New York production.

1978 Play Disrupts Nuclear Family

Mar 21, 2016
A new production of "Buried Child" stars Ed Harris and Amy Madigan as parents whose traditional family breaks apart.
Fall Out Boy’s bassist Pete Wentz, took the stage with the rest of the band at Madison Square Garden with PVRIS.

Fall Out Boy Brings Back the Mmrs

Mar 7, 2016
Fall Out Boy, AWOLNATION, and PVRIS rocked Madison Square Garden over the weekend.
“Creative Control” is an upcoming film directed by NYU alumnus Benjamin Dickinson.

Alum’s ‘Creative Control’ Shows Virtual Reality

Mar 7, 2016
NYU alum Benjamin Dickinson's new movie "Creative Control" deals with the perils of virtual reality.
Coast Modern photographed on July 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Catching Up With Coast Modern

Mar 4, 2016
L.A. band Coast Modern talks to WSN about what genre their music is, the writing process and their thoughts on streaming.
Future Enchants NYU Students at Terminal 5 Concert

Future Enchants NYU Students at Terminal 5 Concert

Feb 26, 2016
Future performed at Terminal 5 on Wednesday as part of Violet 100 Week.
Twin Marquis, an NYU student band, played a show at Pianos on Feb 3.

NYU Student Band Rocks Lower East Side Club

Feb 5, 2016
Twin Marquis returns to the club where the band began.
Kendrick Lamars To Pimp a Butterfly took best album on the 2015 Village Voice Pazz + Jop Critics Poll.

Pazz and Jop Celebrates Top Songs of 2015 at Webster Hall

Jan 28, 2016
The Village Voice released its annual best of music list and threw a party.
Commedia Dell’Artichoke tells the story of a pizza shop owner in New York City, through music, masks and improve.

New Play Gives out Free Artichoke Pizza

Jan 25, 2016
Enjoy your slice as you watch this hilarious comedy about a pizza shop.

Ballin’ with radio personality Mike Gunz

Dec 8, 2015
Radio personality Mike Gunz discusses building a radio persona from his Fordham radio show into a 11.8k Twitter following.
Kathleen Chalfant plays Rose Kennedy in a one-woman show called Rose, which is running until Dec. 13 at the Clurman Theater, 412 W 42nd St.

One-Woman show explores the intrigue of the Kennedy clan

Dec 8, 2015
Kathleen Chalfant stars in the one-woman play "Rose" as Rose Kennedy, the woman who watched the Kennedy family's growth and demise.
Shakespeare gets a makeover in ‘Comedy of Errors’

Shakespeare gets a makeover in ‘Comedy of Errors’

Nov 12, 2015
Shakespeare's comedy goes bilingual, diverse and modern in the Public Mobile Unit production of "Comedy of Errors," set across the Texan-Mexican border.
 American music duo, 21 Pilots perform their unique alt-pop punk and indie rock music style.

Photo: Twenty One Pilots tour flies into New York City

Sep 20, 2015

American music duo, 21 Pilots perform their unique alt-pop punk and indie rock music style.

 American music duo, 21 Pilots perform their unique alt-pop punk and indie rock music style.

Twenty One Pilots tour flies into New York City

Sep 20, 2015
Twenty Pilots brings their raw exuberance to the stage in their concert tour, featuring Matt & Kim, Echosmiths and Finish Ticket.