A pleasant surprise was the EP "License Plate Sessions" by Sincerely, Iris. Modern blues is a tough genre. It's easy to fall into the trap of what everyone thinks blues sounds like without becoming a cliche. Thankfully, Todd Murray, AKA Sincerely, Iris, writes smartly and--ahem, sincerely--and pulls off a rare feat on his newest release, License Plate Sessions. Six modern blues songs played, for the most part, on a four-string license plate guitar with slide. Raw, dark, witty, and understated.