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Critic's Pick: Daniel Hart

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If people are judged by the company they keep, then Dallas-based multi-instrumentalist Daniel Hart has "next big thing" written all over him. Hart has worked with indie icons such as St. Vincent, Broken Social Scene, Andrew Bird, John Vanderslice, The Polyphonic Spree, Spoon's Jim Eno, and this spring he'll be joining Oklahoma group Other Lives when they open for some band from Oxford (Radioface, Stereohead … something like that). While he's more than cemented his reputation as a clutch sideman, he's also been steadily developing his own sound. Last year's solo LP The Orientalist is a kaleidoscopic mashup of pop, rock, Bollywood, and touches of the Far East, and Hart ties it all together effortlessly. There's charming dance pop ("O Sangeeta"), hard-charging guitar workouts ("Black Licorice"), and a violin-driven epic ("How Can Love Be Wrong?") that would make Owen Pallett nod his bow in approval. Hart and his band played two shows in SA last month. Even with a sparse crowd, it was an incredible, high-energy show — one of the best-sounding Limelight gigs in recent memory. His return performance will be at 502 Bar, an impressive new venue that is earning raves from bands and music lovers alike (See "San Antonio dreaming"). So don't sleep on this one. $5, 21 and up, $10, 18-20, Thu, Jan 26, 8pm, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com.

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