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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.   Someone Else's Arms
  4.   This Is the Countdown
  5.   Sometimes I Can't Make It Alone
  6.   In Pieces
  7.   Embers and Envelopes
  8.   Sleep Well
  9.   I Just Need You to Know
  10.   Good (A)fternoon
  11.   The House That Fire Built
  12.   Boomerang
  13.   [Silence]
  14.   Brink of Disaster
  15.   Anything
  16.   Painless
  17.   Suspension
  18.   Summertime
  19.   Afternoon in Eden
  20.   My Favorite Dream
  21.   Carol of the Bells
  22.   This Time Is the Last Time
  23.   Last Transmission II
  24.   Telescopes
  25.   Epilogue
  26.   The Everglow
  27.   Goodbye, Goodnight
  28.   Giving It Away
  29.   Sun
  30.   All Deliberate Speed
  31.   Where the Falls Begin
  32.   The Fight Song (Crash and Burn)
  33.   Good (M)orning
  34.   Embers and Envelopes
  35.   Seasons III: Return
  36.   Seasons II: Initiation
  37.   Seasons I: Departure
  38.   Good (E)vening
  39.   Bloom
  40.   A Quiet (E)vening
  41.   The Cure
  42.   Falling into You
  43.   Two Birds
  44.   The Fisherman Song (We All Need Love)
  45.   Night/Day
  46.   A Melody, The Memory
  47.   (M)orning Drive
  48.   Going to School
  49.   On Top
  50.   Crazy 8s
  51.   Just Let Go
  52.   Home
  53.   Waiting
  54.   Sic Semper Tyrannis
  55.   Release Me
  56.   Rocket
  57.   March of the Pigs
  58.   Cover Me
  59.   Breakdown
  60.   The Ocean
  61.   Prologue
  62.   Futuro
  63.   Runaway
  64.   Last Call
  65.   Skyline Drive
  66.   Soundtrack for Our Movie
  67.   Tisbury Lane
  68.   Communication
  69.   Over & Over
  70.   We're So Far Away
  71.   Awakening
  72.   Crazy
  73.   Reflections
  74.   Mistakes We Knew We Were Making
  75.   The Sun and the Moon
  76.   A Day in the Life

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