Various artists — The Rock ’n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher: Songs from the Motion Picture Soundtrack 

Starring and written by Jack Roberts, the movie centers on an aspiring musician who moves to Tulsa to make it big singing karaoke. Naturally, the soundtrack dishes out a heavy dose of Oklahoma indie-rock heavyweights, and the album is a solid showing of all the talent the state has to offer.

Ryan Lindsey’s airy, acoustic ditties — “Summertime,” “My Place in the Hills” and “Open Late” — are among the brightest, although Sherree Chamberlain does equally impressive work with “Help Me,” “Circus Dear” and “Windmill Wings.”

Colourmusic adds a needed punch with its trio of tracks (“Put in a Little Gas,” “The Gospel Sing” and “Someday Speaks Loudly”), but a pair of Tulsa artists threatens to steal the show. Atmospheric pop quartet Ithica launches the disc in a totally different direction with “Broken Kaleidoscope,” a textured, electronic symphony that would do TV on the Radio proud. Right after comes Johnny Polygon with “Ebonics,” which, again, sends the soundtrack sprawling with a soulful, funky crunch straight out of a blaxploitation flick.

Although cobbled from original albums now more than a few years old, the Duncan Christopher disc is a strong reminder that hearing good indie rock from Oklahoma artists is no Dream. Joshua Boydston

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