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Boasting a sound that straddled the border of alternative rock and emo-pop, Mae (an acronym for Multisensory Aesthetic Experience) was formed in early 2001 by guitarist Matt Beck, drummer Jacob Marshall, bassist Mark Padgett, keyboardist Rob Sweitzer, and vocalist Dave Elkins. The band initially started out as a project between Elkins and Marshall, students at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Recording sessions were booked at Padgett's home studio, and the duo quickly grew into a quintet as the co-founders rubbed shoulders with other local musicians. Nearly eight months later, Mae had cemented its sound and landed local shows with the likes of the Movielife, River City High, and the Exit. In the process, the group also recorded songs for a debut album, Destination: Beautiful, which was released in early 2003 by Tooth & Nail. While touring to support Destination: Beautiful, guitarist Matt Beck stepped down from his post and was replaced by former Unsung Zeroes guitarist Zach Gehring. Destination: B-Sides surfaced near the end of 2004. Mae's second proper studio album, The Everglow, followed in 2005, and the band's dedicated audience (not to mention its coveted spot on the Warped Tour that summer) helped the album peak at number 51 on the Billboard 2000. Mae joined the Virgin College Mega Tour in early 2006, appearing alongside Over It and Yellowcard in the process, and a bonus edition of The Everglow appeared that April with additional tracks and a bonus DVD. The musicians' contract with Tooth & Nail ran out later that year, and they went on to sign a deal with Capitol, thus making Mae a major-label act. Singularity was released during the summer 2007 and cracked the Top 40, selling roughly 17,000 copies during its first week. It proved to be Mae's only release for Capitol, however, as the band left the label's roster in 2008 and forged ahead as an independent act. Early the following year, the (m)orning EP became Mae's first independently released disc, although it received a widespread release in September courtesy of Cell Records. They followed up quickly in 2010 with another EP, (a)fternoon. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & Andrew Leahey
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  1.   Song
  2.   Ready and Waiting to Fall
  3.   Communication
  4.   Skyline Drive
  5.   Cover Me
  6.   My Favorite Dream
  7.   Suspension
  8.   Bloom
  9.   A Quiet (E)vening
  10.   Sic Semper Tyrannis
  11.   Someone Else's Arms
  12.   Sun
  13.   Seasons II: Initiation
  14.   Good (M)orning
  15.   A Melody, The Memory
  16.   Brink of Disaster
  17.   A Day in the Life
  18.   This Time Is the Last Time
  19.   Sleep Well
  20.   Seasons I: Departure
  21.   I Just Need You to Know
  22.   The Cure
  23.   Over & Over
  24.   Falling into You
  25.   The House That Fire Built
  26.   [Silence]
  27.   Sometimes I Can't Make It Alone
  28.   Just Let Go
  29.   Release Me
  30.   Where the Falls Begin
  31.   The Sun and the Moon
  32.   The Everglow
  33.   Mistakes We Knew We Were Making
  34.   Breakdown
  35.   This Is the Countdown
  36.   Futuro
  37.   Giving It Away
  38.   Summertime
  39.   Soundtrack for Our Movie
  40.   Last Call
  41.   Goodbye, Goodnight
  42.   Two Birds
  43.   Awakening
  44.   The Fight Song (Crash and Burn)
  45.   Boomerang
  46.   All Deliberate Speed
  47.   Good (A)fternoon
  48.   Crazy
  49.   On Top
  50.   Crazy 8s
  51.   Telescopes
  52.   Epilogue
  53.   The Ocean
  54.   We're So Far Away
  55.   Tisbury Lane
  56.   Prologue
  57.   In Pieces
  58.   Afternoon in Eden
  59.   (M)orning Drive
  60.   Last Transmission II
  61.   Home
  62.   Carol of the Bells
  63.   Going to School
  64.   Embers and Envelopes
  65.   Waiting
  66.   March of the Pigs
  67.   Anything
  68.   Painless
  69.   The Fisherman Song (We All Need Love)
  70.   Seasons III: Return
  71.   Rocket
  72.   Good (E)vening
  73.   Runaway
  74.   Night/Day
  75.   Embers and Envelopes
  76.   Reflections
  77.   [Bonus Material]
  78.   Skyline Dive

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