Renegade’s run was short-lived compared with its go-go peers’, but the band was at the height of its powers between 2009 and 2010, when the unrestrained energy of the emerging bounce beat sound stole the hearts of a younger generation of fans. The group’s string of signature songs included a spirited version of Usher’s “OMG” that emphasized electrifying timbales over the original’s robotic melodies. If Usher’s voice made you want to dance, Renegade’s drums made you want to mosh — as did most of the group’s songs. By 2011, though, the members had gone their separate ways, having left a collection of peak bounce beat memories. Their reunion show promises a burst of nostalgia and, if fans are lucky, some new music injected with their homegrown flavor.
July 6 at 8 p.m. at Union Stage. $20-$30.
When King Princess uploaded her first single, a proud tribute to unrequited queer love titled “1950,” she might have expected a modest response — maybe some mentions on the blogs and healthy streaming numbers. But then pop superstar Harry Styles tweeted a portion of the song’s lyrics: “I love it when we play 1950.” That was the beginning of March, and the song has since racked up 98 million streams on Spotify. The Brooklyn singer followed the release with a flirtatious synth-pop track called “Talia” and, last month, added three new songs with her auspicious “Make My Bed” EP. Selling out venues around the country on her current tour — well, that’s just the cherry on top.
July 8 at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall. Sold out.
There comes a time in every pop star’s career when they slough off the wholesome innocence and replace it with an edgy sophistication. For Taylor Swift, that transition came to a head with her sixth album, “Reputation,” released in November. Underscored by darker themes and a general sense of resentment, Swift aimed to rid herself of “the old Taylor,” per the record’s contentious lead single, “Look What You Made Me Do.” Nevertheless, the Swifties are loyal to their demigod — whether she’s penning wistful “Fearless”-style country ballads, crooning impossibly catchy “Red”-era pop songs or doing her best to rap alongside Future.
July 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. at FedEx Field. $172-$425.
Ready to feel old? October will mark 20 years since Britney Spears released her iconic debut single “ . . . Baby One More Time” — and there probably isn’t a ’90s kid alive who doesn’t remember the original millennial pop princess’s reign. While many artists didn’t make it out of the shiny, bubble-gum pop era, Spears has maintained a formidable career, thanks to her transcendent charm — the kind of act now-grown adults will tell their children about. Over the course of nine albums, she remains one of the best-selling female artists of the 21st century. Having recently completed a four-year casino residency in Las Vegas, she’s taking her timeless show on the road to casinos across the country.
July 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. $415.