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Barry says the biggest change for his band over the last 10 years is the size and scope of its audience, and the fact that people all over the world now know Richmond bands. When they first started, Barry remembers, playing the long-gone Metro and Twisters a decade ago, "The only people who would come would be the people from our house, so we would ask, 'why don't we just play at our house?'" Now, he says, "There is an international focus on Richmond music. We went down to Brazil, and people were just ecstatic about Richmond bands. That happens whenever we go overseas." "We're sitting there in San Paolo," Barry continues, "and people are asking me about Denali ... Strike Anywhere, Ann Beretta. ... I don't think Richmonders know it." Avail is set to play a benefit show for Food Not Bombs (Avail donates their proceeds from all Richmond shows to the group, Barry says) Saturday night (Nov. 16) at Nine-Twenty-Nine. As a fun gesture, the cover is $2.99. This is also a sort of CD release show for the band's latest, "Front Porch Stories," which hit the streets Nov. 5. Barry says the new song "The Falls" should whip the crowd into a frenzy. "The lines are individual shout-outs to various groups and people in Richmond," he says. In other countries, he says, commentators often call it the most intelligent song on the album. Barry doesn't think so, but can only laugh. "They only think it's intelligent because they have no idea what it's about." — wayne melton

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