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

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