What to do today
Cobra Starship: Synthpop? Dance rock? Electro punk? Whatever you want to call their music, it has a big beat and endless hooks. Sure, most of their fans likely fall into the Hot Topic crowd, but the band features an actual keytar player, so they earn style points for that one. And if they sound just a tiny bit familiar — yup, they recorded the song Bring It (Snakes On A Plane) from, duh, Snakes On A Plane. They're headlining the Sassyback Tour with Forever the Sickest Kids, Hit the Lights and Sing It Loud!. 6 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 896-2276. jannuslandingconcerts.com.
Hoots and Hellmouth: Blending soul, folk, country, gospel and rock with a heavy dose of classic Americana, this band has described its sound as "new music for old souls." The mostly acoustic rockers from Philadelphia often fill out their arrangements with organ, upright bass, drums and mandolin. With Have Gun Will Travel. 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15. (813) 977-6474. hootsandhellmouth.com.
Warrick Dunn book signing: Warrick Dunn may be best known for his accomplishments on the football field, but he's made a name for himself in charitable causes as well. His Homes For the Holidays program buys houses through a down payment provided by Dunn and works with area sponsors to furnish and outfit the homes. Well, you won't get a chance for a new crib tonight, but you can meet the running back and get an autographed copy of his new memoir, Running For My Life. 7 p.m. Next to Milagros Soap Shop, 1605 W Snow Circle, Tampa. Free. (813) 251-1255. inkwoodbooks.com.
What to plan for
Wednesday: Aquabats are go! Some things never go out of style, like grown men with fake moustaches in skin-tight super-hero costumes playing ska music.
Friday-Sunday: The chances of getting a home-improvement loan aren't looking so good, so stop by the Tampa Bay Home Expo and learn to do it yourself.
— Adam Newman [email protected]