Interviews
Ludvig Gür and Ralph D'Amato on their Tony Hawk Video Game Doc

Ludvig Gür and Ralph D'Amato on their Tony Hawk Video Game Doc

It isn't very often that we find punk rock and video games coming together. It definitely didn't happen back in the late-90's and early-2000's where the most advanced consoles were the Nintendo 64 and the Playstation 1. But there was one video game series that brought those two worlds together and that was Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. The connection between skateboarding and punk rock was already very clear back in 1999 when the first game of the series was released. Video games were something that both of those had no real notable contact with until then.

Not only did the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video games explode in popularity, but they also got more kids into skateboarding and they exposed many kids to their first doses of punk rock and ska. The first two editions of the game especially had legendary soundtracks with songs from bands like Goldfinger, Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Kennedys, The Suicide Machines, Bad Religion, Rage Against The Machine, The Vandals, Lagwagon, Swingin' Utters, Millencolin and many more.

Almost two decades since the release of the very first Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, a documentary is being made about the video game franchise. Director and mega-Tony Hawk's Pro Skater fan Ludvig Gür and producer and former Neversoft producer Ralph D'Amato (who worked on the first eight Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games) have come together to make Pretending I'm A Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story with the help of fans via an Indie Go Go campaign. So, editor Ricky Frankel spoke with Ludvig and Ralph about the upcoming film, some of the history of the game series and the amazing soundtracks that these games had. Listen to the interview below or on iTunes.

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Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World to release tour EP

Jimmy Eat World will release a tour EP during their upcoming summer tour with Incubus. The tracks on the release are "Get Right," "Sure and Certain (Acoustic)," "Always Be (Live ft Hayley Williams)," "A Praise Chorus (Live ft Davey VonBohlen)," and "Hear You Me (Live ft Courtney Marie Andrews)." The tour kicks off July 6 in Florida. See the dates below.

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Frank Turner

Frank Turner announces 'Get Better' screenings in the US

The UK's singer/songwriter Frank Turner have announced that they will be screening a documentary film titled 'Get Better' in select US theaters. The film chronicles a year in the life of Turners road to self-recovery. At the conclusion of the film, Turner and the director, Ben Morse will host a Q and A session. Tickets for the screenings go on sale this Friday. Frank Turner released Positive Songs for Negative People in 2015.

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No Trigger

No Trigger (EU)

Massachusett based punk band No Trigger will be heading out to Europe this summer. The tour is called the "Hyper Aware European Summer Tour 2017" and they will be celebrating the 11th year anniversary of their 2006 release Canyoneer . No Trigger released Tycoon in 2012.

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Editors' Picks
Check Out These Cool New Bands at Punk Rock Bowling!

Check Out These Cool New Bands at Punk Rock Bowling!

Well, Winter is receding while Spring is advancing and that means Punk Rock Bowling is right around the corner, baby! (Pssst… we're sponsors!) And no doubt, there are A LOT of punk rock heroes playing- the main man himself Iggy Pop!, Bad Religion, Cocksparrer, Buzzcocks, NoFX, The Specials and a lot more. BUT, there are also a TON of really, really cool new, up and coming bands playing the fest. To that end, we've highlighted just some of the cool new and new-ish bands playing PRB. Check out our selections and feel free to add your own picks in the comment section, below!

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Punk Rock Bowling Asbury Park announces club shows

Punk Rock Bowling Asbury Park announces club shows

Punk Rock Bowling Asbury Park has released some of its club shows lineup. On June 9, Chuck Ragan, Joe Jack talcum of the Dead Milkmen, and Jared Hart will perform at House of Independents. Also on Friday, Conflict, the Dwarves, Stigma, and Wyldlife will play the Stone Pony. The next day, Sick of It All, Street Dogs, and Guida play the Stone Pony. Tickets go on sale April 1 at 4pm est.

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