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Ticket Giveaway: Mae, OWEL, and Constellations at Mr. Smalls Theatre, 3/09/17

Indie rock band Mae is hitting the road for a short string of performances next week in support of their newest release, (M)(A)(E), a compilation of their previous three EP’s: (m)orning, (a)fternoon, and (e)vening. Originally hailing from Virginia Beach, VA, the band has been releasing music since their 2003 debut, Destination Beautiful, and has survived multiple lineup and label changes. Aside from a handful of anniversary shows, this will be Mae’s first substantial string of concerts since their “Goodbye, Goodnight” Farewell Tour in 2011.

Their sound, with its alternative and emo influences, is akin to acts such as Anberlin, Jack’s Mannequin, and The Spill Canvas. However, their evocative, richly textured layers and heavy use of piano offer a more classical, prettier feel than many of their contemporaries. (Check out their first new song in seven years, “Our Love is a Painted Picture,” here to hear it for yourself.) They’ll be joined by OWEL (an alternative band which also makes use of layered soundscapes, along with string arrangements and some electronic elements) and Constellations (Nashville natives with more of a straightforward alternative rock sound), for a night of thoughtfully arranged, gorgeous musicianship.

This will be Mae’s first stop in Pittsburgh in several years, so don’t miss your chance to catch them. Tickets can be bought for $25 (including service fee) here, but we have two to give away to a lucky winner. Enter to win a pair by emailing Please use the name of the event in the subject line and the name of the person who will be claiming the tickets at the event. Valid ID is required to claim the tickets. The winner will be notified 24 hours before the event. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to hear about our latest ticket giveaways.

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Melanie Stangl

Melanie, 28, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and has been contributing both articles and photos to Sound Scene Express since April 2016. Her work has previously been published on Huffington Post Women,, and in the New York University textbook Mercer Street. Her goals include diving deeper into music journalism, traveling the world, and eventually being financially stable enough to own two dogs.

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