MaeThe Everglow(Tooth & Nail)Out with its sophomore release The Everglow, this Virginia Beach quintet has also taken a stab at its first concept album. The theme could be described as an old-style children’s book on tape — the accompanying booklet comes complete with lyrics and illustrated pictures. The music could simply and quickly be described as “emo,” but that overused genre title does not do The Everglow justice. The music is not the same old rehashed emo that more and more bands are using to score a record deal lately. Mae strives to make each song better than that, whether through the use of delicate keyboard lines, harmonized falsetto vocals or even a glockenspiel. The result is an emo record that puts others to shame.—Brian Boates

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