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

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