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

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