"Strong music scene" makes me think Portsmouth, Manchester, Peterborough... Those places are fairly statist, but the towns around them are more freedom-friendly. When I think lots of farmers' markets, strong job market, and great schools, I think Upper Valley, which is also statist near Dartmouth but more freedom-friendly (& cheaper) inland (esp. Grafton, Croydon, Haverhill, Wentworth). When I think affordable neighborhoods, I think Lakes Region, which is freedom-friendly. But all of these places have all of these things to some extent. Farmers' markets are pretty ubiquitous in NH, for instance. The hardest thing to find will be towns with a strong music scene. NH is just too small for that. But you can always drive to Boston/Portsmouth/Peterborough/Manchester/Worcester.