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

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