By EW Staff
April 30, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

— VELVET REVOLVER’s sexy, gritty ”Slither,” from Contraband (out June 8, with Scott Weiland playing lead slitherer), should come with a dress code: leather pants, shades, and L.A.-cool attitude. Rawk. FMQB.COM

— We’re not ones to spread gossip. Unless it’s promising punk trio THE GOSSIP. With its fat, raw riff and hand claps, not to mention Beth Ditto’s wail, their ”Fire/Sign” is a booty shaker for CBGB types. GOSSIPYOUTH.COM

— Once he lived in a House of Pain. Now, with ”White Trash Beautiful,” it seems EVERLAST has relocated to a trailer furnished with true love. Serve with Schlitz. ISLANDRECORDS.COM/EVERLAST/SITE/HOME.LAS

— On JADAKISS’ ”Time’s Up,” from his upcoming Kiss of Death, he and NATE DOGG rap over a deep doomsday beat as a gun clip pops into place, proving a song can be both threatening and thrilling. JADAKISS.COM/NEWS/NEWS.ASP