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Seattle soul singer and songwriter LeRoy Bell, who finished eighth in the first U.S. run of the TV competition “The X Factor,” is giving away free copies of his new album to anyone who comes to hear his show this weekend. Bell recently recorded live with South African singer Zahara; a remix of the disc by DJ Sbu has been in the Top 10 there the last two months. Bell also guested with Santana recently at the EMP Museum when Santana was presented with the institution’s Founders Award.

LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends play at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $30-$40 (206-838-4333 or

Paul de Barros, Seattle Times music critic

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