When: Fri., Sept. 18, 8 p.m. 2015
Unlike CCR, CCR Headcleaner formed in the South. That’s important, because beneath the band’s blistering guitar squall lies real riffs, the lumbering, sidelong kind that inevitably evoke the dry barrel bottom of this country. But make no mistake: Southern Rock never sounds this busted. Mind that the group rode the winds of the 2008 financial crisis to San Francisco, where it donned threads discarded by Community Thrift and joined Arinell’s secret slice club. The members of this group ate out of the trash, even when they didn’t have to. Meanwhile, CCR Headcleaner gigged with fury, indiscriminately opening for high-profile garage types at fancy spots such as the Great American Music Hall and headlining basement punk bills. Any setting will do, even Merchant’s Saloon (401 2nd St., Oakland), which the group anointed the “sickest dive in the Bay” on a flier promoting its free tour kick-off show on Friday.