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A nation hooked on cars

Vroom! Vroom!
The car is at the center of many of our troubles — our addiction to oil, the warming of the planet. Car accidents do incalculable damage.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 27, 2010

Music seen: Wilco

Live at the Maine State Pier, July 18, 2009
My first car was a big green Buick LeSabre, and my only options then for music were Extendo-Ride, who were awesome, and a mix tape my older sister had made, full of Wilco songs off Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
By CHAD CHAMBERLAIN  |  July 22, 2009
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Road trip

A lesbian journey through Maine's history
There comes a time in a woman's life when she just has to leave her husband at home with his mistress, toss her suitcase in a roadster, and head Downeast for a little timeout with her new, butch girlfriend. In July 1933, that's exactly what first lady Eleanor Roosevelt did.
By CAROLYN GAGE  |  June 24, 2009

Engine notes

Top Gear hits heavy traffic
The big question with Top Gear, the popular British consumer-car show (in perpetual reruns on BBC America), is this: will it succeed in denting my colossal lack of curiosity about cars?
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 05, 2009


We love us some Sox — we can see the majestic green of Fenway’s stadium walls from all our Phoenix restrooms, and it just gets our hearts afluttering. That is, until we contemplate the mugs of the one-two combo of Youkilis and Pedroia. Don’t misunderstand us — they’re good guys (though Youk seems to have an eensy-weensy anger-management issue) — but their visages are perhaps better suited to a sport like football, where one’s entire face is sheathed in a helmet.    
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

Transporter 3

A poor man’s version of the latest James Bond outing
The new Transporter spills out in a jumble of frenetic action vignettes.
By TOM MEEK  |  November 26, 2008

Out for a spin

One week, one limited-edition Porsche — what to do?
Driving a 2008 Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder Limited Edition is an exercise in ridiculous, indulgent impracticality. But it's fun.  
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 02, 2008

Hydrogen cars come and go

Fuel sell
Despite a lingering lack of infrastructure and research dollars, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and their zero-emission technology are being hailed as our environmental saviors.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 05, 2008

Car talk

A close look at driving
For days post-late-merge, Vanderbilt had feelings of guilt and confusion.
By AMY FINCH  |  August 04, 2008

Susan Werner

Music seen at Stone Mountain Arts Center, February 8  
She sang improvisational songs about converting vintage cars to hybrids, and turned familiar show tunes into pro-Obama ditties.
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  February 27, 2008

Slip-sliding away

Think front-wheel drive can protect  you from the hazards of a snowy Boston commute? Not so fast.
What’s that, you say, front-wheel drive is unsafe?
By ALAN R. EARLS  |  January 23, 2008

Gas up!

Going green
Unfortunately, purchasing a Prius is out of the question — although a girl can dream.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 03, 2007

In search of Kerouac

‘Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?’ . . . Lowell?!
Ashare drops me off, frantic Matt Ashare from my paper, swilling coffee in a ceramic mug at the wheel of his sulky-blue Saturn Ion and ranting about dogfighting.
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 29, 2007

Scooters get greener

Getting around
Three bucks a gallon!

Letters to the Portland editor: June 15, 2007

Racing green
My love of racing and love of the environment have been at odds with each other as my environmental awareness has increased.

Packin' 'em in on Lansdowne Street

Best Music Poll Party, Lansdowne Street, June 6, 2007
Whoever told you that the post-punk revival is on the wane was wrong.
By WILL SPITZ  |  June 12, 2007

Getting dirty at the prom

Cape Elizabeth High School students are riding a bus to their “Green Prom” this Saturday.
By HANNAH JONES  |  May 09, 2007

Taste of the sun

VIDEO: Silversun Pickups hit the VW Green Room
The Silversun Pickups visited the VW Green Room on March 28.
By BOSTON.TV  |  April 10, 2007

Snakes in the grass

Survivor 14 and The (White) Rapper Show
The Bleeding Queens, Coconut Riot, Fail and Fail Again . . . These are some of the names that will never be given to the competing tribes on Survivor .
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 13, 2007

Silversun Pickups

Carnavas | Dangerbird
Scores of critics have already hailed this San Francisco band as an up-and-coming Smashing Pumpkins.
By CHRIS BROOK  |  October 10, 2006

Free Zone

A real weeper of a performance from Natalie Portman
For the first five minutes (no exaggeration) of Amos Gitai’s wayward road movie, Rebecca (Natalie Portman) sits in a parked SUV in Jerusalem, sobbing.
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  July 05, 2006

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Slow + steady

Portland artist to race in Tour de Sol
On May 11, local artist and alternative car enthusiast C. Michael Lewis will compete in the 18th annual Tour de Sol Green Car Show and Competition.
By SARA DONNELLY  |  April 26, 2006

Southern Culture on the Skids

Double Wide and Live | YepRoc
Boston has its own Redneck Fest, but here’s the real shit: a North Carolina band who’ve been preachin’ about drinkin’, lyin’, smokin’, drivin’ gun-rack pick-ups, and livin’ in trailers for more than 20 years.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 04, 2006

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