EW recommends tracks by Hooker, Jordan Chassan, Ying Yang Twins, and Nic Armstrong and the Thieves

By EW Staff
March 21, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

Zoe McVeigh may ”Like It My Way,” but we, on the other hand, like how her Manchester punk trio, HOOKER, evokes the catchy caterwaul and grinding groove of Sleater-Kinney. HOOKERSTUFF.COM

Porch-song singer JORDAN CHASSAN is far from being ”Wound Up Way Too Tight” on this quaintly cozy organ ditty featuring backing vox from country-folk chanteuse Gillian Welch. STRONGRECORDINGS.COM

Crunk stars need some lovin’ too. So don’t mind those frisky YING YANG TWINS as they sibilate sweet nothings into your ear on the faint finger-snapper ”Wait (The Whisper Song).” YINGYANGMUSIC.COM

NIC ARMSTRONG & THE THIEVES evoke the Hamburg beginnings of the Fab Four on the romping ”If We Can’t Escape, My Pretty,” an outtake from their debut, The Greatest White Liar. NEWWESTRECORDS.COM