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New Music Monday: Paul McCartney's Kisses, Van Halen's Truth and Owl City in concert

New offerings from Paul McCartney, Owl City and Van Halen top our weekly list of notable upcoming music projects, both new and reissue.

Owl City – Live From Los Angeles DVD/Blu-ray (2012)

Owl City represents the new paradigm in music: Just a kid at his parents’ house, mixing up an emotive brand of synthpop and posting it up on the Internet — but sounding to all the world like a polished and produced Top 40 act.

Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth (2012)

Van Halen was one of the smartest, funniest, toughest bands around at the turn of the 1980s. Three decades later, the greatest fear surrounding a reunion was whether they could recreate any piece of that. And they did, all of it.

Groove55 – A la Carte (2012)

Groove55 sustains both interest and delight over the course of the terrific A la Carte through intelligent interplay and a deft ability to confound expectations. That starts with the musical symbiosis found within this Canadian band

On Second Thought: Marvin Gaye – What's Going On (1971)

News that John Legend will recreate Marvin Gaye’s 1972 concert at the Kennedy Center, one that’s believed to have included the only complete performance of his groundbreaking 1971 album What’s Going On, had us digging out the old vinyl.

Gimme Five: Disco songs that don't, you know, suck

In looking back to disco and the 1970s, nobody is arguing that there weren’t excesses. “Disco Duck,” that song about CB radios, Barry Gibb’s chest hair. But don’t let one or two — OK, a teetering truckload — of bad apples spoil the whole batch.

Styx – The Grand Illusion / Pieces of Eight Live DVD/CD/Bluray (2012)

At the moment of Styx’s earliest breakout successes, as it achieved these first- and second-ever triple platinum-selling albums, the band was already starting to go its separate ways.

Ruthie Foster – Let It Burn (2012)

Ruthie Foster, slowly but surely, has made a name for herself as a singer-songwriter. This album, more than any before it, focuses on the first part — as she brilliantly reinterprets a series of other people’s songs, both contemporary and age-old.

New Music Monday: Jeff Lorber, Joe Louis Walker and new live stuff from Styx

Welcome back to our weekly rundown of notable upcoming music projects — both new and reissue.

Gimme Five: Ringo Starr singing songs by the other Beatles

As with the decades-old hit solo album for which it’s named, Ringo Starr’s forthcoming Ringo 2012 includes an array of name guest stars. Unfortunately, unlike 1973′s Ringo, none of those friendly assists come from his fellow ex-Beatles.