In the last two years, Portland's Decemberists burst onto the scene with Castaways And Cutouts, wowed critics and gained legions of fans with Her Majesty, and then continued the trend with Picaresque. In the wake of all this, Kill Rock Stars is re-releasing last year's highly acclaimed concept EP, The Tain (originally released on Acuarela). The record's cornerstone is a cycle of Celtic mythology under the same name and is a one epic song divided into five parts. A bit of a rock opera, it's a live favorite among fans. 2005.