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

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