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Keep the Home Fires Burning: Fewer touring acts are coming through town as we head into the holiday season, but it’s a great time to check out some of the best acts Austin has to offer. A few highlights: Mondays at the Hole in the Wall are special this month with rising stars Carson McHone (9 p.m.), Ben Ballinger (10 p.m. and Greg Loftus (11 p.m.) laying for ree the front room (plus Roger Wallace and Dylan Karn playing early). Tuesday offers another chance to catch McHone (8 p.m., $5), this time with Cale Tyson (10 p.m., $5) and Leo Rondeau (11 p.m., $5) at the Saxon Pub (come early for guitarist David Grissom‘s no-cover 6 p.m. happy hour gig). Wednesday, dance-pop sensation Max Frost headlines at 3Ten with Sinclair (8 p.m. doors, $15). And as always on Thanksgiving night, Dale Watson & His Lone Stars can be found at the Continental Club (10:15 p.m., $10).

Slaid Cleaves plays Wednesday at the Saxon Pub. Contributed

ALSO PLAYING

Monday

Mac Miller, Soulection, ClockworkDJ at Emo’s (sold out) Aaron McDonnell, Kathryn Legendre at White Horse Chris Duarte at One-2-One Bar

Tuesday

Kyle Craft at Stubb’s indoor James McMurtry, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery Durawa with Andrea Dawson at Strange Brew Cory Reinisch at Stay Gold

Wednesday

Gemma Ray, Small Houses at Mohawk indoor Slaid Cleaves at Saxon Pub Darius Jackson & the Mighty Texas Blues Band live album taping, Will Sexton, Tommy Shannon Blues Band at Antone’s Sun Radio’s Texas Radio Live with Bonnie Whitmore, Mau Mau Chaplains James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham & the Painted Redstarts at Continental Club Jackie Venson at Geraldine’s

Thursday

Jon Blondell & Friends at Elephant Room Alvin Crow at Little Longhorn Saloon ]]