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Singer-songwriter Steffie Loveless, the transgender musician formerly known as Jam Rag magazine founder and political activist Tom Ness, celebrates the release of her new concept album, “Songs for a Mother of Mine,” tonight at the Octane Photographic Gallery in the basement of the Ferndale Center building, 22750 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Admission is free. Call (248) 399-2355 or visit www.octane photographic.com.

Royal Oak-based modern rockers Tripper will celebrate their eighth anniversary Saturday at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. The Matt Keil Band and Tom

Butwin will open. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $7. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www. themagicbag.com.

Detroit indie rockers Rescue will bring their career to a halt with a farewell show Saturday at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. The Pop Project, Russian Circles and LaSalle also are on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $12 and includes a copy of Rescue’s new album, “Paranoid.” Call (313) 833-9720 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

A group of local rockers will play Saturday in Redford to raise money for a good cause. Rock For Valerie will raise burial funds for Valerie Yates, a 46-year-old single mother of three from Taylor who’s suffering from terminal cancer. Drop, X=Y, Zen, Shagg Nasty, Soul Theory and the Drag Strippers will be on the bill, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Bullfrog Bar & Grill, 15414 Telegraph Road. Admission is $10 and there will be auction items on display to raise additional funds. Call (313) 533-4477 or visit www.bullfrogrocks.com.

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