Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.
Eddie Vedder performed a cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" for the first time ever. It's just one more note in the ongoing anti-war rhetoric from the Pearl Jam frontman recently. Last week, he posted an anti-war blog on the band's website.
Eddie Vedder - Imagine (live in Portugal) by sheehanpaul-ie
A 21-year-old attendee of British Columbia's Pemberton Music Festival was found dead in his tent on Friday night. The cause of death is still under investigation.
Our friends over at City Beat — a sister publication of Creative Loafing - covered the Forecastle Festival over the weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. Check out their Day 1 highlights here and their Day 2 highlights here.
The Pitchfork Music Festival was held in Chicago over the weekend, with Neutral Milk Hotel, Grimes, Sharon Van Etten and St. Vincent among those leaving lasting impressions.