If you're even remotely familiar with Western New York punk music, chances are you've run into James Von Sinn at least once. He's not exactly difficult to miss — a towering, heavily tattooed, almost vampiric figure with a heart of gold — and he's far and away Rochester's premier curator of all things heavy and hedonistic. His annual music festival and debauchery showcase, SinnFest, is entering its fourth year with its strongest lineup yet, including Pittsburgh's chaotic Eel, Philly's fantastic Devilmaster, regional favorites Rebel Scum and New Life, and plenty of others. Along with the 17 bands playing, Wednesday Westwood will perform on Friday night.
SinnFest IV will take place Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8, at Photo City Improv, 543 Atlantic Avenue. Starts 7 p.m. on Friday; 4 p.m. on Saturday. $8 for Friday; $15 for Saturday; weekend passes are $20. photocityimprov.com.