Named after a Jerry Lee Lewis song and hailing from Austin, Texas, What Made Milwaukee Famous is an indie rock quintet that can swagger with force, but deep down are pop purveyors akin to likeminded bands such as Spoon or Franz Ferdinand.

The group manages to dispense with the sophomore slump on their second full-length, What Doesn’t Kill Us, which teems with extroverted guitar, post-punk influences and an underlying pensiveness that keeps the material from being too bright and shiny. “Cheap Wine” is a muscularly infectious number about seizing the moment, and horn-pumped “Sultan” is an irresistible Spoon-like track with the right amount of grit.

Grade: B

What Doesn’t Kill Us is currently available.