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With a melted-butter voice and a conversational lyrical style, Lucy Dacus has become the Southern gothic queen of the axis of her hometown of Richmond, Va., and in Nashville, Tenn. (where she recorded her debut, “No Burden,” in one 10-hour session). To go with her intimate, chatty style and weary discussions of love, fiduciary fairness and language, there is the quiet fact that Dacus has emerged as a humble gay icon and a distinguished live performer, the latter of which can be seen at her upcoming local shows, May 20 and 21 at Union Transfer.

Everything singer/songwriter Mike Hadreas does in the guise of Perfume Genius shimmers.

With an angelic, androgynous voice, a set of songs that slides from rubbery electro-dance, glassy piano ballads and gutsy glam rock and lyrics examining his own sexuality and the trauma of homophobia, drug abuse and domestic violence, his is a brutally honest — yet poetic — look at youthful corps d’esprit. Since 2010’s “Learning,” Hadreas has always, by his own account, been angry and pointed fingers. With his dashing, new “No Shape,” however, the eight-years’-sober and involved (with his keyboardist Alan Wyffels, a classically trained pianist he met in group therapy) singer sounds wearier but more triumphant — replacing disgust and anger with an edgy positivity.

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