Sunday music picks: Neil Diamond, Young Fathers

Neil Diamond. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Neil Diamond. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Neil Diamond at Erwin Center. “This show will probably have more songs in it than any show I’ve ever done because I don’t want to take out ‘I Am I Said’ or ‘Sweet Caroline’ or ‘Holly Holy,’” Diamond told a handful of journalists in a conference-call interview back in February when asked how much of this tour would focus on last year’s “Melody Road” album or his 2005 and ’08 records with producer Rick Rubin. So there will be new songs, yes, but apparently not at the expense of most of the old crowd favorites. “It’s going to be a big show in every way,” he added, noting that his concerts are such a large-scale affair that “I carry 100 people with me now. I used to go out with just a guitar, and then it grew from there to a three-piece band, and then a larger band and a road manager and lighting directors and catering and traveling.” Sunday’s concert will be the eighth time Diamond’s crew has rolled into the Erwin Center, but the first in 13 years. $39.50-$150. 8 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — P.B.

Also: Young Fathers took Britain’s Best New Artist Mercury Prize for their mix of hip-hop, punk and electro-groove in 2014. They’re taking the rest of the world this year with a tour that includes a Parish stop. … Take your pick among three excellent options for roots music: Grammy winner Dave Alvin brings his “West of the West Train Tour” to the Stateside at the Paramount, with guests including his brother Phil Alvin, folk-blues masterPeter Case, insurgent country rocker Jon Langford, singer Christy McWilson and guitarist Rick Shea; singer-songwriter Steve Forbert, briefly a pop-charts star and always a top-shelf tunesmith, at Strange Brew; and relative newcomer John Moreland, an Oklahoman touring behind his new Thirty Tigers album “High on Tulsa Heat,” at Cactus Cafe. … The live tour for NBC’s show “The Sing-Off” makes a stop at ACL Live. … Cafe Society celebrates the music of Billie Holiday just after the centennial of her birth with a show at One World Theatre.

Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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