Big Thief’s remarkable and idiosyncratic guitarist plays the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. Thursday, Jan. 16. Meek’s songs are peculiar short stories for the lost dogs of honest mechanics, good guys and gals born into a life of crime, the ghosts of Central Park, unsung diving-board stars, affection shared through gambling, and so on. A 16th generation Texan, Meek spins outlaw ballads and quotidian fairy tales into yarn for many fine hats with melodic turns of phrase and stellar wit. Twain, another singular songwriter opens the show and will sit in with Meek as well. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets at bit.ly/2t0lLru, $12. 21+ over.