Southern California surf rockers Tijuana Panthers are back with their second album, and though their sound is cleaner and sharper this time around, they haven’t lost the scrappy appeal that has made them underground garage-rock favorites over the past couple of years. Taking the surf-rock ethos pioneered by the likes of So. Cal. forerunners like Dick Dale and The Beach Boys, the band funnels their energies into youthful tunes like “Tony’s Song,” a straightforward rocker with riffs to spare, and “Boardwalk,” which features a walking bassline, a heartfelt lead vocal and classic soul chords. While the surf/garage/whathaveyou craze encompasses so many California-based bands, you won’t mind that Tijuana Panthers have hitched their woody to the same star, given the attention and energy they’ve dedicated to the genre on the totally rad Semi Sweet.