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

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