You know that girl from the AT&T “Silent Treatment” commercial?

Well, not only is she an actress, but she’s a singer too. Alexandra Socha posted the “Sara Sessions” on Bandcamp and says this about the songs: Once Upon A Time, Paul Fujimoto and I had a lot of time on our hands, a piano, some fancy recording equipment and two books of Sara Bareilles songs (beer may have also been involved). We saw then it was our destiny to record covers of her awesome songs and release them once a week for the next month. Enjoy “The Sara Sessions”!

Hello Spring! Download Morningbell’s “You Think I Don’t Know (But I Know)”

It’s 2pm on a Saturday afternoon. I’m drinking beer. I don’t usually drink during the day but it’s a sunny day and Spring is in the air. Since I’m not going to be enjoying the sun, sounds, and suds of SXSW this week, I’m doing the next best thing and going through the email in-box and checking out all the bands that publicists have been asking me to give a listen to.

My favorite find of the day is Morningbell, a foursome from Florida that conjures up thoughts of Vampire Weekend and British ska-punk on the track “You Think I Don’t Know (But I Know)”. I have no idea if the rest of their fourth album, Basso Profundo (out on March 20; stream the whole thing here), sounds so snappy, so sunny, but this is exactly the type of band that I regret missing at SXSW.

DOWNLOAD: “You Think I Don’t Know (But I Know)”

New track from ex-Mercury Rev singer David Baker

I’ll admit, I never got into Mercury Rev when David Baker was fronting the band. It was only after he left, and the band started sounding more like The Flaming Lips, that I found them listenable. Baker went on to form Shady after his Mercury Rev departure (I think I picked up Shady’s 1994 release, World, out of a dollar bin making it a very good candidate for a Plucked from the $1 bin feature). Baker also produced one of my favorite albums from the ’90s, Comet’s Chandelier Musings (seriously, buy a very cheap copy on Amazon).

Baker’s got a new band, Variety Lights, and will be releasing Central Flow on June 12.

DOWNLOAD: “Silent Too Long”

Download “Lucifer” by The Cult

Snag a free MP3 of The Cult’s new track, “Lucifer”, from their forthcoming release, Choice of Weapon (available May 22). Pretty good comeback (comeback? Well, it HAS been 5 years since their last release) for Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, the songwriting duo behind The Cult’s greatest hits.

The band’s first 2012 show will take place at the Auditorium Shores Stage in Austin, Texas on March 17 as part of the SXSW Music Festival. The show is free and open to the public if you happen to be in the area. More tour dates should be coming soon.