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

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