Snow Patrol counts down to new album with bells and whistles

Surely you’ve heard it on the radio in heavy rotation by now – Snow Patrol’s addictive new single “Called Out In The Dark,” a great little reminder that Gary Lightbody and co. are back in fine fighting form with a new album called “Fallen Empires” dropping on Jan. 12.

But there’s more.

Along with Lightbody’s garrulous blog, the band has just launched an actual Snow Patrol app so fans can tune in to exclusive in-studio video content surrounding the new disc, plus a slew of otherwise unpublished band concert photos.

And if you weren’t planning on picking up the latest issue of UK music magazine Q, you might want to reconsider. It comes with a special U2 tribute album, “AHK-toong Bay-bi,” on which Snow Patrol covers their “Mysterious Ways.” Others artists involved are equally renowned: like Patti Smith, The Killers, Jack White, Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails.

As always, count down to “Empires” at

Winless in Seattle: What we learned from Niners’ loss

It started out as a madcap affair in Seattle on Sunday, loaded with tips and picks, tightropes and trickery.

By Al Saracevic
‘King Tides’ give San Francisco a watery glimpse of its future

City seeks solutions as coastal flooding could become the new normal

By Jessica Wolfrom
Re-fund the police? Even California’s cannabis shops want more cops amid robbery spree

Bay Area murder and robbery spike reveals shortcomings of ‘defund’ argument

By The Examiner Editorial Board