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Our free registration to join Independent.com, in 2 Quick steps.


All you need to do is enter your E-mail address, and provide a username and a password of your choice; you may remain anonymous if you wish.

Why register?

Because it's free, and you'll be able to...

• Post comments on stories.
• Have access to any part of the website and all user tools.
• Post your comments on local bands, movies, and local restaurants.
• Use a bunch of nifty features we've got, and new features as they are released.

We will not spam you or give your E-mail address to anybody. Registration is our method of keeping spam and other undesirable visitors off our site. (Note to AOL users: sometimes your Spam filter is overly aggressive in our registration process. We explain further down).

1. Enter a username (numbers and letters only, and no spaces!), your email address, and a password in the fields provided.

2. We will mail you back, with a click-able link. Follow the link.

If you forget your password at any time, the Website can mail you a new one.

Let's get started:


(Our automated system sends out the confirmation immediately so you should get an email response very quickly; sometimes Hotmail and Yahoo Mail and other email programs can be slow in processing E-mails. Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do about this on our end.)

Further information for The Curious:

Note: If your E-mail provider, to control spam, does not allow incoming messages from senders you have not approved beforehand, you will need to set up your E-mail account to allow messages from homie@independent.com. Our system sends out a confirmation E-mail, but we can't determine whether your e-mail provider allows the confirmation E-mail to be accepted.

AOL users:

AOL might consider the registration E-mail we send out to be spam and prevent you from receiving it. Unfortunately, until AOL changes their E-mail mechanisms, the only work-around is to sign up for an independent.com account using a non-AOL E-mail account, such as Yahoo! or Gmail.

Even more information:

We thought long and hard about whether to require registration on certain parts of this site. Like most people, when we're surfing the Web and get smacked with a "please register" message, it's a pain in the neck.

But we ended up deciding to require registration on certain features of this site because we felt the features wouldn't be nearly as useful without it. Restaurant reviews would be practically worthless if we didn't make people own up to their words. Some blog comment threads would degenerate into anonymous name-calling without a registration requirement. And some of our upcoming customization features just plain wouldn't work without it. You get the point.

So, here's our policy: We're doing this registration thing wherever it makes sense. And we hope that makes sense to you.

Of course your information is only used in the registration process, and not used by us or anyone else for any other purpose.

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