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Austin techno-rock duo Ghostland Observatory are a late add to next month's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago's Grant Park, penciled in for high noon Aug. 4. Find out how it went the very next night, when they appear at Emo's with Pong, Lions, and Say Hi to Your Mom.

Zykos' "Keep It Light," which they recorded in guitarist Mike Roeder's garage, is one of Spin's "20 best songs to download this month" in the August issue (Thom Yorke cover). The introspective quintet is currently writing and demoing songs for its next album. Elsewhere in Spin, Los Lonely Boys' Sacred gets the same rating it does in this week's "Texas Platters."

Legendary stomach-churning (but in a good way) Austin punks the Chumps will reunite for a show at Beerland Nov. 10. Mortville and Super Secret Records are planning a joint CD reissue of the band's previously vinyl-only 2000 classic Good Times ("Punch Mama in the Nose," "Fuck You, I'm Rich") that should be available at the show.

Alternative Press' "Best Unsigned Band of 2005," Austin girl-power proponents the Applicators, have signed to King Fing'r, a new imprint of San Antonio psychobilly label Hairball 8 (Dear Johnny: A Tribute to Johnny Cash). King Fing'r will release My Weapon, previously self-released locally as I Know the Truth, Aug. 8.

Several local musicians have "profiles" on DontDateHimGirl.com, a Web site where women expose cads who have (allegedly) cheated on them. So musicians cheat. In other breaking news, Paris Hilton likes to party, the Astros are underachieving, and Arabs and Jews just don't like each other.

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