I find it almost impossible to keep up with all the great music that has been enabled by digital distribution. So I end up waiting for year-end best lists and then binge listening for a few days. One of the lists I have come to trust as fitting my tastes pretty well is from LA writer and Coyote Blog reader Steven Humphries. Here is his 2013 list. I will echo that I really enjoyed the new Steven Wilson album,which I have had for a while based on his recommendation. But I had never heard of Vertical Horizon and particularly enjoyed their album on the list.
By the way, this is not 2013-related, but if there are those of you out there who are 60's, 70's, 80's classic rock guys who struggle to engage with rap, a fantastic gateway drug is Girl Talk. Their All Day album can be downloaded free. This is the only modern album in my household that migrated from me to my kids rather than vice versa.