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

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