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-- 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

Originally posted Apr 30, 2004