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

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