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

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