And you thought the Times New Viking show at the Wex was the hippest place to be on Valentine's Day! As it turns out, that would be the release show for Cheater Slicks' improvisational LP Bats in the Dead Trees.

And you thought the Times New Viking show at the Wex was the hippest place to be on Valentine's Day! As it turns out, that would be the release show for Cheater Slicks' improvisational LP Bats in the Dead Trees.

In their 20-plus years of cacophony, Tom Shannon, David Shannon and Dana Hatch have birthed countless albums and singles, but never one quite like this. Bats compiles four instrumental improvisations, captured live with no overdubs, into a limited edition vinyl LP. Basically, one of the noisiest bands in rock history has created its first full-blown noise album.

Having migrated sonically from their garage rock wheelhouse into an even less accessible realm, the logical plan for the release show would be to depart the usual punk-rock dives for that haven of experimental bliss, Skylab. And indeed, the Slicks will aim to recreate the sonic massacre Saturday night at the DIY gallery and performance space. The Unholy Two and Brad Griggs will be on hand as well.

Bats will be a rare commodity - only 300 copies are being pressed, including 100 on green vinyl - but Saturday's show will be an even rarer chance to witness this music recreated before your eyes. If that ain't romantic...