Poet's Row is set to release two new EPs this weekend -- "The Artichoke" and "The Armadillo." Both records showcase a different side of the Denver band: The former is solely the folk duets of founding members Mickey Bakas and Emily Hobbs, while the latter incorporates a full band.

"A lot of times I can tell if it's going to be more of a bigger orchestration-type deal, or if it's going to be something that just me and Emily can do together more successfully," Bakas says of writing the two distinct EPs. "But also sometimes I've learned now that I have no idea."

Poet's Row celebrates the EP releases with a two-night stint at Syntax Physic Opera on Friday and Saturday. Before those shows, the band stopped into the CPR Performance Studio for the first time since 2013.

They performed four songs and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about recruiting members of Clouds & Mountains and Chimney Choir for "The Armadillo" and how Bakas and Hobbs balance their marriage with their band duties.  

Stream the session and watch Poet's Row perform "Crack on the Crown" above.

Read a portion of the interview and watch more videos below, and see the band perform at The Walnut Room back in March.

Songs performed:

  • "Crack on the Crown"
  • "Goin' Down"
  • "The Sweet One"
  • "Knobby Knees"

"Goin' Down"

"The Sweet One"

"Knobby Knees"